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August 22 1936 November 30 2022
Obituary Please share a memory of Sue to include in a keepsake book for family and friends. View Tribute Book Sue was born in Mendocino, CA to Lola Lorraine and Fredrick Joseph Porteous. The youngest of 6, Sue was the cherished baby of the family and doted on by her big brothers and sister. With her family, Sue spent most of her childhood sharing time living in Mendocino and the East Bay Area cities of Oakland and Richmond. Sue met the love of her life, Dennis, on a baseball field in 1954, the two were married soon after, the newlywed Mr. & Mrs. Craig quickly starting their family, welcoming three daughters in the coming years: Cindy, Denise and Lori. Sue was a beloved bus driver for the Mark West School District in Santa Rosa, where over a 20-year span, she not only safely transported, but entertained thousands of elementary school children with her lively personality and regular singing of children’s songs and show tunes. So many Santa Rosa natives remember Mrs. Craig for her charm, kindness and genuine interest in their lives. And many will remember her dignified generosity—if Sue witnessed a student in need, she’d often return home and request donations from her daughters or otherwise purchase new items and make a discreet delivery of clothes, shoes or other necessities. Generosity and attention to life’s details did not end with the schoolchildren she served. Sue’s sharp mind coupled with kindness and curiosity led her to make connections everywhere: the grocery store, the local restaurant, the beauty parlor and beyond, people recognized the woman with the beautiful white hair and stylish clothes who always remembered their life story. You wouldn’t dare call her “dear”—Sue was not a quiet old singing granny, she was sharp as a tack and adapted to changing times. She would always tell you what she thought—and to the frequent dismay of those around her, she was usually right. Sue was a lifelong Democrat and supporter of liberal beliefs, a fierce champion of the underdog and a lucky lady when it came to one of her favorite pastimes, visits to the casino. She spent many weekends a year traveling near and far to senior softball tournaments, watching her husband of 68 years, Dennis, still on the ball field—the most recent outing just a few weeks before she died. Nothing in the world was more important to Sue than her family. She was endlessly proud of her three daughters Cindy Ambrosi, Denise DeBonis and Lori Morris, Lori’s husband Don, and her grandchildren Nick Esposti, Marie Winter, Katie Ambrosi, Tony Esposti, Brian Ambrosi, Amanda O’Connor, Amber Soiland and her 22 great-grandchildren: Caitlyn, Caleb, Ella, Jake, Ash, Sofia, Madi, Andrew, Olivia, Connor, Payton, Brody, Geno, Blake, Mason, Ryder, Bodhi, Layne, Casey, Logan, Lilly and Desmond, taking an active role in the raising and care for them all and establishing special connections with each and every one of them. Any one of her daughters and grandchildren will tell you how she led her family with strength, pride, generosity and dedication that shaped their lives to unending benefit. A family’s matriarch is gone, and they are left with a gaping hole in their lives. In celebration of Sue, or as her family knew her, “Ma”, you are invited to join her memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2022 at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, with a reception to follow at the St. Rose parish hall at approximately 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation made in Sue’s name to the American Heart Association would be a fitting tribute. Or, in dedication to a woman who truly delighted in both her family and giving gifts—adopt a family this Christmas or adopt a heart from a local Secret Santa tree and help spread Sue’s joy to those who need it most. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Sue, please visit our floral store. Read more
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Sue Craig August 22 1936 November 30 2022.
Death notice for the town of: Dayton, state: Ohio