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Beth Ann Cravens, 56, services to be Sunday, 01 Nov 2020

Beth Ann Cravens, 56, lived by the motto that life should not be a journey to the grave with intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body but rather skid in sideways, toes tapping to music, wild flowers in hand, body thoroughly worn out, and screaming, "I love your gutz, what a ride!"

She was the daughter of Dr. Paul and Jean Cravens of Indianapolis, granddaughter of Granvil and Fronia Cravens of Sano, and of E.P. and Audrey Waggener of Columbia. She was born on May 29, 1964, the fourth of four children. She was the niece of Fay McKinley, Annette Richards, Arthur, Ralph and Ed Waggener, Hazel Arnold and Bea Burgess, Olva Burton, and Arvin Cravens.

Beth was the fourth of four children to die too young from cancer.

Her lifetime was filled with loving her family and longtime friends, which to her meant the same thing. It was the Cravens way. She excelled at being an inspirational daughter, sister, aunt, and dog mom.

Beth is survived by her mother, Wilma Jean Cravens, brother in law, Gary (Sue 1948-2011) Embree, and sister in law, Elaine (Don 1950-2018) Cravens. Beth's brother, Phillip Glenn Cravens and his wife Susie preceded her in death.

Nieces include - Sharla (Tony) Frazier, Shelly Cravens, Shawn (Chris) Bauer, Shannon (Steven) Barrick, Kim (Harry) Barton, and Bliss (Christian) Santiago. (Shannon wrote this obituary at Beth's request before her passing.)

Nephews include - Chris Cravens, Craig Cravens, and Ryan (Nikki) Cravens.

She had 12 Great Nieces and 4 Great Nephews - Jaurden (Aaron) Hollenbaugh, Danielle Gard, Madeline Hubele, Abigail (Louis) Catellier, Alison Bauer, Ryan Bauer, Kayte (Ben) Mayes, Hannah Cravens, Dylann Cravens, Rhiannon Cravens, Ocean Santiago, Taylor Barton and Keigan Cravens, Trevor Cravens, Kai Santiago, and Tyler Barton.

Beth graduated from Baptist High School and went on to attend Ball State University. She worked at AAA for 35 years. She had a passion in helping others no matter what the need may be. When her time ended with AAA it was unanswered prayer to our family as she chose to make those priceless memories with her mom in lieu of finding another job so that she could give her the at home care she deserves. They were already best friends and sometimes fought like sisters but looking back now, God sure knew that her mom was going to need to spend some accelerated time with her.

To be brought up to have a tremendous work ethic, to smile and be kind to others, to wish happiness upon everyone you meet, and to radiate sunshine...these are the qualities seen, cherished, and now missed in Beth. She held onto the little things, you know the things that you can't take a picture of unless it resides in your memory. That reminds me of when she would say "Etch this moment." Every moment I have moving forward I will carry her graphed in my heart. Her humor and spontaneity are what we will miss most. It didn't matter where we were at or what we were doing she would break out in song and dance and everyone around would start to partake. She was infectious like that with her caring spirit.

She was truly an artist when it comes to flowers. Her gardening skills were impeccable as she could grow nearly any vegetables or pair different flowers with one another. She knew exactly where to get the wild flowers that everyone loves. Most importantly she loved to garden and bring her mom fresh cut flowers to enjoy. It was the little things as she just wanted to see a smile come upon her mom's face. She is also known for her rock faces and rock painting. She has been painting stones far before it caught on recently over the past few years. We cherish these mementoes in her honor and are willing to share with those who would like to have one.

So we focus on the good and making memories like Beth taught us. We don't take precious moments for granted. Her soul brought so much love to everyone she came in contact with. We are blessed that God picked us to be her family. The Cravens family has peace of mind knowing she is with all her siblings and her daddy. What a reunion!

A Celebration of Beth's life will take place from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday November 1, 2020 at the Barn at Bay Horse Inn, 1468 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, IN 46143. Masks are required. Online condolences may be sent to the Cravens family at .

If you simply want to do something to help Jean, and feel compelled to contribute, you may donate to the Cravens Memorial Fund in honor of Beth, Don, Sue and Phil which has been organized by granddaughter Bliss Cravens Santiago click this link: or copy and paste the link into your browser.

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Remembering Beth Ann Cravens

2020-10-31 - Indianapolis, IN - Photo by Shannon Cravens Barrick.
Services will be held Sunday, November 1, 2020 for Beth Ann Cravens, 56, who is remembered for her bright spirit, gardening skills and art works like her rock painting in the picture at right. She has been painting stones and giving them as gifts to bring smiles since far before it caught on in the recent past.

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