OBITUARY: Mara Ella Crafton


OBITUARY: Mara Ella Crafton

Mara Ella Crafton, age 90, of Franklin, Tennessee, passed away April 16, 2019.

She was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, to the late Clarence M. & Ary Smithson Smith. She was a 1946 Graduate Franklin High School where she played on the basketball team. For many years she and her twin sister, Ellen Gardner visited area nursing homes in Franklin. In her later years she was a full-time homemaker. Ella was a former employee of Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. She was a member of Heritage Church of Christ. She was also the past chairman of the Clothing Room, Fourth Ave. Church of Christ.

Ella is preceded in death by seven siblings. She is survived by her son, Edward Smith Crafton; twin sister, Ellen Gardner and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019, at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Steve Blackman and Perry Cotharn officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Tim Hill, Greg Mashburn, Wayne Harris, Mike Jones, Bucky Sullivan, Bill Wallace and Bobby Ginn. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Heritage Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to Heritage Church of Christ, 1056 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, TN 37064 or Church of Christ Disaster Relief, 410 Allied Dr. Nashville, TN 37211 or to the charity of your choice. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and one hour prior to the service at WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 615-794-2289. www.williamsonmemorial.com

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