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Date published: 2/26/2014

Jean G. Craye

Jean Garr Craye, 85, of Fredericksburg passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, with her faithful, loving husband by her side at her residence.

She was born in Orange County on March 9, 1928, a daughter of the late John and Mary Susan May Garr. She spent most of her childhood in Culpeper. She met the love of her life and husband of 59 years, "Crackerjack," while waitressing at the old Peoples Drug Store in downtown Fredericksburg. Jean was a homemaker, first and foremost, and was like a mother to many of the friends of her children. She was "the glue" of her family and the hostess of many family gatherings, including her famous Christmas parties.

Survivors include her husband, Cornelis Dirk "Dutch" Craye; children Lisa Capitano (Samuel), Diane Craye Hall, Cornelis Kirk Craye (Margaret) and Rodney Dirk Craye; brothers Ray Garr (Nancy), Homer Garr (Sandy) and Jesse Garr (Mary Frances); 11 grandchildren Taniya, Amanda, Charde, Zarina, Samantha, Kees, Aubrey, Joseph, James, Galen and Asher; and six greatgrandchildren, Lazarus, Drake, Keira, Grace, Makayla and Thomas. Jean also loved, as an honorary son, Greg Sokolowski (Karen).

She was preceded in death by sisters Betty Breeden and Erma Waugh; and brothers John Garr and Herbert Garr.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at New Life in Christ Church. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army of Fredericksburg.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.