Julia Craigs

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Julia Craigs

January 23, 1920 - January 05, 2019

Houlton - The Family of Julia (Gentle) Craigs is sad to inform you of her peaceful passing on Saturday morning, January 5th at Madigan Estates in Houlton. Julia was just 18 days short of her 99th birthday.
Julia was born in Littleton, Maine on January 23, 1920 to Marim and Goldie (Colbath) Gentle. She graduated in the HHS class of 1937. In 1940 she married Ronald T. Craigs and lived most of her life in Houlton.
She was a 70 plus year member of The Houlton United Methodist Church, serving on several boards and committees. She was a past president of UMW and also served as Church Secretary for many of those years.
Julia worked as a Telephone Operator for New England Telephone & Telegraph for many years until the Houlton office closed in 1970. She was a telephone company retiree and a longtime member of The Telephone Pioneers of America.
Julia's retirement years were spent knitting, e-mailing her family and friends, playing bridge and being guardian for her youngest sister, Lois Gentle for 24 years. Julia also wrote many short stories about happenings during her life. A 60 page compilation of her stories was published in November 2018 and distributed to her close friends and relatives.
Julia is survived by one son Jim of Merritt Island, Florida and one daughter Ronda and her husband Bob Foss of Phoenix, Arizona; Grandson, Ronald Foss and Great-Grandson Brandon Foss, both of Arizona; grandson Rick and his wife Carla Foss, also of Arizona; sister Bette Gardner of Bar Harbor and several nieces and nephews.
Julia was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 57 years and her youngest sister Lois.
Julia sends many thanks and love to three special friends. Bert Dunphy, who called her his second mother and treated her as such; Tish O'Donnell, who's big heart made her Julia's last best friend and Kim Kenney, a neighbor who became her caregiver for two years at Northwood, before Julia moved to Madigan House this past fall.
At Julia's request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services at this time. There will be a Memorial Service later in the summer, where her ashes will be added to her & Ronnie's double sided urn, buried in the Gentle Plot at Evergreen Cemetery in Houlton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Julia's name to The Cary Library or charity of one's choice in care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730. Online condolences may be expressed on the Tribute Wall at www.dunnfuneral.com
Published on January 6, 2019
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Clara Niles Whitney
Jan 29, 2019
Julia's smile and upbeat approach to life will be missed. My sympathies to her family, especially her pride and joy, Jim and Rhonda.
Mary Peabody
Jan 12, 2019
I knew Julia to be a very interesting upbeat lady. She had the ability to make the best of her declining years, and I have realm admiration for her. I will miss her and not forget her positive attitude. ❤️ My condolences to Jim and Rhonda and the rest of her large family.
Vicki Harris Stanley
Jan 08, 2019
I was so saddened to hear that this dear lady who was a special friend to my parents has passed on to eternity. Mom & Dad will welcome her no doubt with a game of bridge already for her. Rest in peace dear Julia with your beloved husband Ronald.
Carolyn and Bill Turney
Jan 08, 2019
We have known Julia, mainly through Jimmy, for many years. What a pip she was! She always had a joke or a story, no matter what was ailing her. She was a good friend to many, and everyone who knew her, loved her. We didn't see her very often in recent years, but we did make a visit during the latest Ricker reunion, while she was at Madigan, and she had fit in there very well. All the staff would poke their heads in to say hello to her, and she had a smile for all of them. Godspeed, Julia. You have earned your rest.
Mary Putney
Jan 08, 2019
Jim, Please know my thoughts and prayers are with at this time.Will talk again soon.
Brenda and Caleb
Jan 08, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are w you Jim, Rhonda ,families and friends! 💖🙏💙
Julia was a Beautiful lady . Gave great hugs and always had a big smile. She lived a long life and truly loved her family and friends! She will be missed by all who knew her ! 💖
Marlene Martin Spencer
Jan 07, 2019
So sorry to here about Julia she was a good friend to my Mom ( Audrey Brown) and she was a sweetheart and always treated me with kindness last time I saw here was this last summer and she was so sweet prayers to her Family she will be missed
Beverly Kirk
Jan 07, 2019
I did Julia’s hair for many years. She was such a joy to be around. I loved her stories, she even emailed me some of them. So sorry for your loss, Rhonda, Jim and families.
Carol Blood
Jan 07, 2019
My condolences to Rhonda and her family as well as Bert. She was a beautiful lady. I enjoyed talking with her at the nursing home.
Roberta McMillan
Jan 07, 2019
My sympathies to the Family of Aunt Julia, Rhonda, Jim, Bette, and her extended family, grandchildren, nephews & nieces, & great nieces, nephew, & close family friends, at this time of sorrow & mourning. May Our Lord bless & keep you all in the palm of His hands. And Until Next Time We Meet, when there will be no more tears, Adieu, Bonsoir, Farewell, Aunt Julia. You will be sorely missed by so many. Sincerely, with love, “Bertie”. (Roberta)
Gary and Judi Davis
Jan 07, 2019
Jim we are so sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a wonderful person.
Harry Gordon
Jan 07, 2019
A friend of many years will be missed. A trip to Houlton was never complete without a visit with Julia.
James Wise
Jan 07, 2019
Jim, what a great life your Mom had! You and Harry received great genes from your Mom’s.
Mary & Maurice Callnan
Jan 07, 2019
I enjoyed working with Julia at the telephone company. She was always so pleasant to be around. She will be greatly missed.
Freda Williams
Jan 06, 2019
Heart felt condolences to the family at the loss of a very dear friend.