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