Norma Lee (Craig) Pearson, 82, a long-time Rogue Valley resident passed away peacefully February 24, 2014 while in the care of Avamere at Waterford in Medford, Ore. Norma was a heroic patient of acute rheumatoid arthritis and succumbed to the likely side effects of the long time use of steroid based pharmaceuticals intended to relieve her chronic condition. Family and friends remember her as always stoic, upbeat, and positive in spite of her near constant pain.
An avid reader and a collector of mystery books and videos, she aspired to writing her own spell-binding stories. When criticizing the works of others, she often noted that she could have done better! Many short stories and monographs were attempted, but few got beyond the delete button on her word processor. She revealed the rough drafts only to intimate friends and confidants.
In addition to dear friends and neighbors, she is survived by her son, Richard Duane (Rick) Stone of Salem, Ore.; and brother, Donald Ray (Don) Arnold of Avon Lake, Ohio. She was preceded in death by father, Arthur C. Craig; mother, Gladys (Roberts) Craig both of Petersburg, Ind.; son, William Charles (Chuck) Stone, formally of Anaheim, Calif.; and Nosey, her loving and much loved feline companion.
No memorial services are planned. Abbey Funeral in Medford has provided for her immediate cremation.