First United Methodist Church
1411 Broadway
Lubbock, TX  79401

South Plains Food Bank
5605 MLK Blvd
Lubbock, TX  79404


Delia Ann Craig

of Lubbock, TX

June 14, 1936 - June 25, 2020


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Delia Ann Craig passed away June 25, 2020 due to complications from cardiovascular disease. Delia was born to Johnnie Terry Asberry and Raymond Asberry of Greenville, Texas, on June 14, 1936. Affectionately nicknamed “Dee Dee” by her family, she grew up on a farm, the eldest of six children. After graduating from Greenville High School in 1954, she attended Southern Methodist Nursing School in Dallas, where she met and married Donald Ray Craig in 1957.

The couple enjoyed their first few years together serving out Don’s military service in Wurzburg, Germany, where they gained a life-long passion for exploring the world and had their first two children. Soon afterward, they settled in Lubbock, Texas, to raise their family and begin their careers.

While raising her four children, Dee remained an active participant in the Lubbock community. She was a member of the Lubbock Junior League, the Texas Tech University Health Science Center Wife’s Club, and the Philanthropic Educational Organization, and attended the High Robinson Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church. As the children grew, Dee returned to work, spending many years working as a nurse alongside Don in his pediatric practice.

Loving partners for over 50 years, Dee and Don lived a full, active life. The pair enjoyed seeing the world by traveling with friends, escorting teenagers around foreign lands, and by participating in medical mission trips. When at home in Lubbock, they could frequently be found on the tennis courts playing mixed doubles; hosting parties; and welcoming exchange students, Wesley Foundation travelers, and Reese Air Force Base pilots as house guests. Most notably, Dee utilized her skills to volunteer as Costume Director for many of the successful Lubbock musicals produced by Gordon McMillan. A master seamstress, Dee’s project management skills and thrifty ingenuity established a precedent of unmatched quality in costume design. She also spent countless hours gathering tulle, which resulted in breathtakingly beautiful tutus for the Ballet Lubbock.

As a mother, Dee always put her family first — frequently presenting recipes from Gourmet magazine, driving endless carpools to tennis events and ballet, and trying her best to keep up with an energetic crew on the ski slopes. In her later years, she enjoyed spending time with friends through her Mahjongg group. Never one to take part in games of social hierarchy, Dee was a quietly capable woman of natural grace and beauty.

Dee’s calm presence will be missed by her surviving children: David Raymond Craig of Lubbock; Dana Elizabeth Craig of Gig Harbor, Washington; and Carol Craig Reifsnyder along with her husband Andrew Charles Reifsnyder of Austin, Texas. Grandchildren include Heather Ann Hornung, Erin Elizabeth Reifsnyder, Emery Craig Reifsnyder, Austin Taylor Craig, and Holly Danielle Craig. She is preceded in death by her husband Donald Ray Craig and her son Richard Alan Craig.

Dee was known to many and loved by all. She will be greatly missed. In light of the ongoing pandemic and out of respect and love for our family members, friends, and the community at large, a celebration of life service will be live-streamed via the First United Methodist Church of Lubbock Facebook page at 2 p.m. on July 7, 2020.

Please register your attendance and leave a remembrance of Dee on the Combest Funeral Home website at www.combestfamilyfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Helpings of First United Methodist Church, 1411 Broadway, Lubbock, Texas 79401 or to the South Plains Food Bank, 5605 MLK Blvd, Lubbock, Texas 79404.

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John and Mary Gillas
Lubbock, TX
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dee was a dear friend to us, a sweet, kind woman, and we shall miss her. Our children were fortunate enough to have Don's and Dee's professional care for years and Dee lent her costuming talents to our work in the Tech Music Theatre productions, where she was often a lifesaver! We send our deepest condolences to her entire family.

Dr. Richard Lampe and family
Lubbock, TX
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dee Craig and her husband Dr. Don Craig welcomed our family as we came to TTUHSC/ Pediatrics in 1992. We were fortunate Dr. Craig joined our fulltime faculty and brought Dee with him as his nurse. She contributed greatly to the education of our faculty, residents, students and other health care givers. As a couple they were gracious and excellent role models for life work balance of their family , the needy, patients and patients families always a priority.

Leslie Prichard
Albuquerque, NM
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The kids and I were so sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. Dee was such a classy and wonderful person. Our families had many fun times through the years. I feel blessed that I was able to get to know Dee better in the most recent years and as an adult. I adore your family and send lots of love, prayers and virtual hugs to you all. I’m sorry current circumstances prevent me from attending and paying my last respects to such a gracious and caring person. She lived life well and loved her family. Love Leslie Asbill Prichard and kids and all the Asbill family.

Bill and Jo Shive
Lubbock, TX
Monday, July 6, 2020


Dee Craig was a special person ...accomplished in so many ways. I especially remember two of those ways. She was a great mom and such a classy lady. She was involved with Mackenzie Junior High tennis for several years as David, Dana, and Carol played for our team during those years. Dr. Craig and Mrs. Craig were very supportive of all of our players and Mrs. Craig was a wonderful tennis mom. She was always available to transport or do anything needed for the whole team, not just her own children. She was a joy to be around...always positive, upbeat, and so willing to help.
Dr. Craig and Mrs. Craig left an impact on our community and the Craig family has certainly made it a better place.





Cheryl G McKnight
Lubbock, TX
Friday, July 3, 2020

Dana, Carol, and David, Eric and I send our sympathy to you for your great loss. Dee was a beautiful person, everything you described. When we joined our church, Dee and Don were part of a group who were wonderful examples of what it meant to support the church with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service. The hours Dee spent making costumes for church plays didn't go unnoticed and was so appreciated. Dr. Craig was our three sons' pediatrician and, after the boys were grown, we had many laughs at church remembering funny incidents that happened at the office, including the time Dee had given one of my boys a shot leading to him commando crawl out of the office as if his legs were paralyzed. I'll never forget their faces, along with Mickey's, as he dragged himself out of the room - it was as if they saw this every day and in their wonderfully calm way, they just went right about their business leading him to get up and miraculously walk again. We loved them like family and are so blessed to have known them.

Hannah Tipps
Lubbock,
Friday, July 3, 2020

Fairwell my sweet beautiful friend. How gifted you were in every way. God was gracious to give this beautiful soul to everyone who loved her, she was a bright light and a joy to have known. Lovingly, Hannah

Sharon Bush
Lubbock, TX
Friday, July 3, 2020

Dee and dr Craig cared for all three of our kids. They were both so kind and dedicated . Sweet to deal with . So sorry for your loss.

Verdonna Donnie Horton
Lubbock, TX
Friday, July 3, 2020

Most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of our dear sister. Chapter CF. P.E.O.

Kathy Orr
Lubbock, TX
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Mrs. Craig was such a kind loving lady. She will be missed.

Marisue and Jere Smith
Lubbock, TX
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Such a lovely person and a cherished friend!! We will miss her and are thankful for her life and the legacy she leaves in giving herself to others in so many ways.

Kay Landress
Lubbock, TX
Thursday, July 2, 2020

I saw Dr. Craig and his wife numerous times over approximately 20 years as he was our pediatrician. Mrs. Craig was perhaps the most gentle soft spoken woman I had ever met. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss.

Kay Houser
Lubbock, TX
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

For Dee Craig's entire family - Dee was my friend for many years and we shared wonderful experiences as well as some sad occasions. Always thoughtful and kind she touched my heart and I will miss her presence. Your loving memories will comfort you.

Paul R. Beane
Lubbock, TX
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Oldest daughter of an outstanding Hunt County farm family. Her labors of love for her family & community will be sorely missed. I had great admiration for Dee Dee, along with her parents and younger brothers and sisters. Attended GHS with brother John and younger sister Beth. All of my schoolmates wanted to be a member of the "Asberry family"...

bob schultz
Charlottesville, VA
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Beautiful, honest lady. Judy and I are saddened....Our deepest condolences to David Dana and Carol all who will miss Dee.