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Nursing colleague remembered for love of family

Maryanne Craig

R. Maryanne Craig, an MUSC retiree and former administrative assistant in the College of Nursing, died Nov. 7 at MUSC after a long illness. She was 63.

Craig began her 36-year career at MUSC working in several administrative support roles at the MUSC Children’s Hospital, College of Health Professions, Hollings Cancer Center, Foundation for Research Development, the President’s Office and College of Nursing. She retired from the College of Nursing April 30.

Aside from her long career, Craig was an accomplished pianist and seamstress. She enjoyed painting and gardening and was a Lowcountry dog rescue supporter.
Craig was born March 16, 1947 in Paris, Texas, and grew up in Central Florida. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Rosabelle Tibbs Williams. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence “Sandy” Craig; son, Michael L. Craig, M.D., daughter-in-law, Josie Craig and four grandchildren, Hannah, Connor, Cavan and Langdon Craig, all of Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

“I count it as a privilege to have worked with Maryanne during her tenure in the College of Nursing. The pride she took in her work was a true reflection of her love for MUSC and devotion to its mission. The true light of her life was her family, however. The job of wife, mom and especially grandmother was the one she enjoyed the most! I will always treasure the stories and pictures of the dance recitals, sporting events and birthday parties of her grandchildren.”
—Lynn H. Shull, Finance & Administration, College of Nursing

“While I have fond memories of working with Maryanne, and it was this last year that I will remember the most as I saw how courageous and strong she was in her fight against her cancer. She came to work when she would be feeling very sick from her chemo, but she had a task to complete and that was her goal. She talked always about her grandchildren. They were her joy. They were what kept her going. During her last four months, I saw the fighter she was as she was determined to return home to those grandchildren. I was blessed to know someone with such love for her family and a husband totally dedicated to her. I will miss my visits to her and Sandy while she was in hospital.”
—Carol McDougall, R.N., College of Nursing

“Maryanne worked with me on two different occasions in the College of Health Professions. In both instances she was a wonderful staff assistant, ever ready for the task at hand and always willing to take on the next challenge. I also got to know her family and watched her son, Michael, grow up and attend medical school and his wife, Josie, while she completed the occupational therapy program. Maryanne was dedicated to her family and to her extended family. I always felt strongly connected to her and am saddened beyond measure by her passing. Her friendship will live on in my heart.”
—Maralynne D. Mitcham, Ph.D., College of Health Professions

“In remembrance of my friend, Maryanne: ‘You can kiss your family and friends goodbye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you’ --Frederick Buechner.”
—Susan Master, Director of Special Events, Office of Development

“My heart goes out to the Craig family at this time. Maryanne was the epitome of a wonderful secretary and administrative assistant. She took care of the details and always went above and beyond in everything she did. She was a friendly face in our area—always with a pleasant smile. She was an asset to me and so many during the years I served as MUSC president.”
—James B. Edwards, DDS, President Emeritus

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

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