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In Memory of

Joan Greene Craven

October 18, 1932 - June 9, 2017

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Joan Elizabeth Greene Craven was born on October 18, 1932 and died on June 9 , 2017. She was born in Lexington N.C. and grew up there until she went to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. Joan remained a devoted Carolina Tarheels basketball and football fan, and was a Rams Club member. When she returned to Lexington, she married Erle Bulla Craven III on July 23, 1956 and together they had three children; Erle Bulla Craven IV, Kimberley Jean Craven, and Margaret Kelly Craven. In...

Joan Elizabeth Greene Craven was born on October 18, 1932 and died on June 9 , 2017. She was born in Lexington N.C. and grew up there until she went to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. Joan remained a devoted Carolina Tarheels basketball and football fan, and was a Rams Club member. When she returned to Lexington, she married Erle Bulla Craven III on July 23, 1956 and together they had three children; Erle Bulla Craven IV, Kimberley Jean Craven, and Margaret Kelly Craven. In 1958 they moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where Joan remained until her death.

Her love of children kept her in the classroom as she was rearing her own children and this love and calling to teach and help little ones was reflected throughout her life. When her husband Erle died in1972, Joan was able to sustain her family and continued to help her children move forward with their lives. She became a realtor for the Anne Adams and Associates Reality as a million-dollar-seller. She never remarried.

A year after her husband's death, she spent three weeks in Europe and thus began a life-long love of travel and a desire to learn and understand other people and their cultures: China, South America, India, Australia and New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and back to Europe. She had a Persian student, Samine, in residence who remained a close and good friend, and Sherri Liska Lane, also an intern who lived with Joan while she was completing her education. Joan continued this passion for life-long learning that was reflected in her love of art, crafts, cooking, the hunt for a great antique, and the love of a good book. All of these things she believed could be life enhancing and her enthusiasm was conveyed to her children, nieces, nephews, and young cousins. We will remember her dining room table covered with craft material during all seasons, and all the children she loved cutting, pasting, painting and making a mess she seldom cared about. Joan also was a craft artist, and her friends and family all have something she made during the course of her life that we will treasure.

Joan was a member of First Presbyterian Church and her mission work began through them. She tutored new immigrant arrivals to Greensboro in language skills and we laughed at her stories of a southern accent her students couldn't quite understand. She volunteered at the 10,000 Villages Store, Meals-on-Wheels, Greensboro Symphony Guild, carried food to pantry's and shelters, and made sure children had clothes, shoes, and books to help them live their new lives in Greensboro. Joan also was a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. She contributed to The Children's Home Society of Greensboro, the Heifer Project International and Operation Smile, but her greatest legacy was an irrevocable trust established for an orphanage in Haiti supported by the First Presbyterian Church. Just many ways this extraordinary woman will be remembered.

Joan is survived by her children: Erle Bulla Craven IV and Becky, and his children Erle Bulla Craven V and Hannah Elizabeth Craven; Kimberley Jean Craven Caldwell and her children Brenden Clarke Gilliam and Courtney Anne Gilliam, Jay Baxter Caldwell III, and David Tripp Caldwell; Margaret Kelly Craven Sapp and her children Alison Anderson Sapp and Mary Macon Sapp; her brother, Henry Thomas Greene Jr. and his wife Rita; their children Jennifer Greene Platt and husband Charles, Henry Thomas Green III and wife Kerry; brother, John Z. Greene III and wife Terri, children John and his wife Alisa, and Henry and his wife Alana. She will also be remembered by cousins and great nieces and nephews, and her brother-in-law Dr. Scott Craven and wife Winnie; and friend, advocate, and caregiver Velda Anna Johnson.

We will remember Joan whenever we walk on the beach at twilight, which was her favorite time of day, or are in the mountains during the fall. We will forever miss her enthusiasm for living, and the love and support she so willingly gave to us all. She believed in "the next adventure" and we bless her on her way.

The Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary at 10:30 am with Dr. David Partington officiating. There will be a private inurnment at the church Columbarium. The family will greet friends immediately following the service in the Virginia Gilmer room.

Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is serving the Craven family. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.