In Memory of
Helen Craig

Lucy Helen Pigg Craig went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, April 17, 2020 at the age of 106.  Helen was a resident of West University Place for over 70 years. She was a supportive wife, a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother, a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, and a loyal friend.   She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Helen was born on January 29, 1914 to Eva McAnelly Pigg and G. Wheeler Lee Pigg in Hamilton, Texas where she spent her childhood years.  She was the oldest of three daughters.  After attending Tarleton College, Helen married her high school sweetheart, Maurice Craig, and they were blessed with three children.

Helen and Maurice lived in Silver Springs, Maryland and Kenosha, Wisconsin before returning to Texas and making their home in Houston in 1948.  Helen assisted her husband in their drycleaning establishment and after his death in 1965, she operated the business, as a single mom, until her retirement at the age of 70.   She was a hard-working business woman and a caring friend to her employees.

In her retirement years, Helen traveled extensively, enjoyed playing table games with her friends and grandchildren, and found satisfaction in her needlework and various crafts.  Friends and family were always delighted to be the recipients of her beautiful handmade creations.

Helen was a longtime member of West University Baptist Church where she was involved in Bible study and served in many capacities.  She was seen regularly serving as cashier at Wednesday evening dinners, teaching knitting at Tuesday’s Open Door program, and helping to coordinate many senior adult trips.  Helen’s selfless service was a result of her love for Christ and others.  Her family speaks of her as the “blessed woman” of Proverbs 31, a woman who modeled her faith in all arenas.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sisters Mary Fuqua and Allene Brown. She is survived by her children: Bob Craig and wife, Judy; Mary Helen Knudsen and husband, Mike; and Harry Craig and wife, Sandra; her grandchildren: Kimberly Thode and husband, Eric; Ray Craig and wife, Julia; Kirk Craig and wife, Amanda; Ryan Craig and wife, Sarah; Chris Knudsen and wife, Megan; and David Knudsen and wife, Sarah, and sixteen great grandchildren.  Also, she was blessed with numerous nieces and nephews. 

The family appreciates the many loving caregivers who attended to Helen’s daily needs over the past years at Belmont Assisted Living.  Special thanks go to Maribel Chavez, Louise Handsbure, and Ruth Martinez.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at a later time.  If friends desire, a memorial contribution in Helen’s memory can be sent to West University Baptist Church, Senior Ministry at 6218 Auden, Houston, TX 77005 or Agape Development at 6401 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77021.  






Message from
Robert Tapp
Sun, 04/19/2020

To the whole Craig family I'm am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Craig's passing. My heart goes out to each and everyone of your in this time of sorrow in these troubling times. I remember going into the cleaners and always seeing her there and every sunday sitting in seat at church for the sunday worship service. Remembering Mother's Day towards the end of my Grandmothers life it would be Mrs Craig and my grandmother standing as 2 of the oldest mothers but mine grandmother would sit because she did not want anyone to know her true age. Mrs Craig is in a better place and with her sweetheart and the rest of her family and friends in heaven where we will all be together soon. May u cherish all them memories of her at this time and always.

Message from
Carolyn Pipes Muske
Mon, 04/20/2020

I have fond remembrances of your family growing up in West University Baptist Church. My Dad, Travis Pipes, would tell me when he would go by one of the cleaners.
My mother ( Mary) is still living (94 years old)
My sympathy to you and your family.