Lura Elizabeth McCraw

May 7, 1996 - October 10, 2022

05/07/1996 - 10/10/2022

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Visitation
Saturday October 22, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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Funeral Service
Saturday October 22, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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Cemetery
Saturday October 22, 2022
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Forest Lawn Funeral Memorial Park
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
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Lura Elizabeth McCraw’s spirit was called home to God at the age of 26, on October 10, 2022, with her family by her side at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Her sudden death followed complications of acute leukemia.

Lura is survived by her loving parents, Jerry and Elaine (Mann) McCraw of Fletcher, NC, and her fiancé Chris Rogers, of Charlotte, who was the love of her life. She is also survived by her aunts and uncles Bill McCraw (Joyce) of Hendersonville, NC, Clara Cox of Hendersonville, NC, Eve McCraw of Clearwater, FL, Marsha Ray (Larry) of New Hill, NC, Joy Jones of Bear Creek, NC, Kathy Rigsbee (Bo) of Holly Springs, NC, and Julie Kindig (Jeff) of Cary, NC. She is survived by her first cousins Heather Renegar (Josh) of Sanford, NC, John Ray (Samantha) of Sanford, NC, Sarah Kidd (Colton) of Bear Creek, NC, Peyton Rigsbee of Holly Springs, NC, Gail Hayes (Mark) of Hendersonville, NC, Monte McCraw of Hendersonville, NC, William McCraw (Janice) of Hendersonville, NC, Kelton McCraw of Clearwater, FL, Ronnie McCraw (Angie) of Hendersonville, NC, and Tina Alexander (Scott) of Hendersonville, NC. Lura is also survived by numerous other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Lura and Hobert McCraw of World’s Edge, NC, her maternal grandparents, John and Ruth Mann of New Hill, NC, and her uncles James McCraw, Wayne McCraw, and Tommy McCraw.

Although her life was cut tragically short, Lura lived with such exuberance and zeal that she experienced more love and adventure than many of us do in much longer lifetimes.

Lura was born May 7, 1996, at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, NC. Growing up, she was homeschooled by Elaine from kindergarten through eighth grade in Hendersonville, NC, with additional enrichment via a local homeschool community group. She attended high school at Mount Pisgah Academy (MPA) in Candler, NC, graduating in 2014. A particular love of Lura’s at MPA was being a part of the Performing Arts Ministry with puppets. She attended A-B Tech, Asheville, NC and Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Lura was an alumna of App State’s chapter of Phi Mu Sorority, whose mission is to provide personal and academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence, and lifelong friendship through a shared tradition. She attended and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2019, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Comparative Literature. She used this fine Carolina education to teach and mentor middle and high schoolers in English and Journalism at Marie G. Davis Middle School International Baccalaureate and then at Charlotte Secondary School, both in Charlotte, NC.

In her youth Lura participated in competitive gymnastics. She also attended, and later taught at, Pat’s School of Dance in Hendersonville, NC for 20 plus years, where she excelled at ballet, jazz, and tap, starring as Dorothy in the school’s 2014 production of The Wizard of Oz, and dancing thrice in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. Her family sends special love to Miss Pat, Sher, Dustin, and all the staff of Pat’s School of Dance.

As an adult, she was passionate about writing and had plans to pen the next epic young-adult novel. Lura loved reading books, appreciating everything from young adult fiction to children’s books to the literary classics. She especially loved the works of John Keats and Mary Shelley, which she shared with her cherished students in the classroom. Lura was an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, especially Harry Potter, Star Wars, Teen Wolf, and Doctor Who (even naming her beloved cats Rory and Pond). A special joy that she and Chris shared was Anime and Marvel and DC comics (Flash was her favorite). She and Chris would attend Comic Con conventions wearing costumes, hand-crafted by Lura and Elaine, of their favorite characters (cosplay).

Lura loved to travel; of note, going to magical and ancient England, Ireland, and Scotland in 2017 with friends Kathleen Beam, Stephanie Hill, Shannon Hill, and Sarah Preciado. She was fascinated by Celtic culture and folklore. In 2019, she explored the stunning landscape of Banff, Alberta, Canada, with her cousin Peyton and uncle Bo. Among Lura’s many other areas of great interest were animals (especially cats), riding horses, the TV shows Gilmore Girls and Criminal Minds, collecting stuffed animals, and cheering on Carolina basketball and App State football. She also loved everything about musicals, always having show tunes on her phone for listening enjoyment.

Via the love and guidance of her parents, and the sum of all these experiences, Lura grew into an intelligent, creative, and beautiful person who will be loved and missed beyond words, until we are together again in Heaven. Lura was a role model to us all, participating in numerous charitable activities to express the love of God through acts of kindness, respect, and love for all people. If you would like to make a charitable donation in memory of Lura, her family suggests giving to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Your tax-deductible donation will help fund lifesaving research and patient services while providing help and hope to people with blood cancers. To make a donation: online- https://givenow.lls.org/give/394054/#!/donation/checkout  or mail check to:

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087

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Sue Ogle Howell
1 month ago

Dear Jerry and Elaine I am so sorry for the passing of your Daughter I know you are heart broken. She is with JESUS now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Tiffany Small
1 month ago

Lura was truly a kind and wonderful person. She was so genuine, funny, smart, adventurous and more. I loved her like a sister. We met at UNC’s orientation and our relationship will forever hold a special place in my heart. I am blessed to have called her my best friend. My sincerest condolences to Lura’s parents, Chris and her loved ones. Lura’s light will forever burn bright in the hearts of all who knew her. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Pippin
1 month ago

Wow what a full life she lived in such a short time. Most people don’t accomplish as much in a long life as she did in her short one. I know how proud you guys are of her. All the wonderful memories will help you through this. Lean on each other, family, and God. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

Tammy Vaughan
1 month ago

That empty feeling I’m having – expecting her Jeep to pull up any minute and for her to come be-bopping into the house with Stephanie and Shannon with bags full of crafting items – and then realizing that won’t happen ever again. I cannot imagine what you and Jerry are going through, Elaine. A piece of you is missing. A piece of all of us is missing. A piece of goodness in the world is missing. Cannot wait to craft with her again in Heaven! Until then? Craft don’t cry! My prayers continue with and for you all!

Donna Caviness
1 month ago

Prayers for Lura’s family. I didn’t know Lura but if she was anything like her cousin Sarah Jones Kidd she was a special young lady! From what I read I believe she was! May God be with you all during this difficult time!

Sally Sullivan
1 month ago

So sorry to hear of Lura’s passing. We only knew her a shot time here at CSS, but she made a huge impact on all of us. We are thinking of her family and Chris this week and sending all of our love and prayers.

Elma G Brogden
1 month ago

I am praying for all of Lura’s loved ones. She was a beautiful person with a heart full of love and kindness. May our Heavenly Father hold you close and comfort you in the days ahead.

Stella Bradley
1 month ago

Lura was such a fun and creative person. I enjoyed teaching her English classes at Mount Pisgah Academy and knew she had a special spark about her. So pleased to hear of all her life-touching accomplishments (and love of Keats’ poetry). Your grief must be overwhelming right now. Prayers for all her family and friends. May Jesus hold you close to comfort you until you see her again. ❤️

Henry Garcia
1 month ago

Laura was my classmate from 2010-2014. She was always either reading or learning something new. I remember you’d always find her in the library at school just showed you how much she wanted to do with her life. The years we spent together being in Creative Ministries will always be memories I’ll always remember of her. She was taken too soon from this earth. But with Jesus we have that hope to spend eternity together. Much love to you Jerry&Elaine. My God be with you during this time.

Sabrina Berndt
1 month ago

As soon as I met Lura at UNC, she was like a sister to me. She was the best roommate and best friend I could’ve asked for, and I am so, so sorry that her life ended too soon. She was loved by so many people, and I know she felt it while surrounded by Chris and her family. You all are in my thoughts ❤️