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Tamae Craft, November 13, 1924~June 16, 2015

Craft for Book 2Tamae Craft, 90, of Fayetteville passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home. She was born November 13, 1924 in Osaka, Japan to Shigeo and Mieko Tomiyama Ban.

She had a great impact on a lot of lives and she will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence B. Craft; one son, Richard G. McCleland; and one grandchild, Allison T. Shafer.

She is survived by her children, George B. McCleland and his wife, Jennine of Fayetteville; Allen M. McCleland of Wesley, AR; David J. McCleland and his wife, Laura of Fayetteville; Sally A. Brucker and her husband, John of Seattle, WA; 12 grandchildren, 17 great- grandchildren and one great- great- grandchild.

Burial will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the Washington Regional Medical Center and Willard Walker Hospice staff for the wonderful care that she received.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shelton Tucker Craft Post #27, American Legion, 1195 S Curtis Ave, Fayetteville, AR. 72701 or the Japanese Student Association at the University of Arkansas, 425 Kimpel Hall, Fayetteville, AR. 72701.

Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.

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    Laura McCleland » 18. Jun, 2015

    Mamason, the last few years of your life were not what you wanted them to be. You were such an active person, it was hard for you to stop doing the things you love. I hope your future journey is all that wish for. I know those you left behind will hurt and miss you, but we all know that you are going to be at a place of comfort and happiness. I told you that after my mother passed that you would have to be my new mamma and we shared a laugh and hug. I will always think of you as my second mama and appreciate the unconditional love that you showed my children. As Brandy said you never made any difference between her and Tony and both were so happy when you attended each of their weddings. The David McCleland, Tony McCleland and Brandy Henle family will certainly miss you.

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    Pat Lunn » 21. Jun, 2015

    David, I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. I know you and Laura will miss her a lot. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God bless you and help you both through this difficult time. Love, Pat

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    June Sekiguchi » 23. Jun, 2015

    Tamaesan was like family to the Sekiguchi’s, our histories intertwined. Our mother’s oldest friend, someone I called “mama” when I was little. A complex woman with a rich life story. I will remember her as funny, strong, stubborn, and with a great smile. She will be very missed! Much love to Sally, David, Allen, George and families.