Judson Mourns Passing of Longtime Staff Member Gerry Craddock
(Elgin, IL – July 15, 2013) It is with deep sadness that Judson University announces the passing of longtime staff member Geraldine “Gerry” Craddock, 84. Gerry passed away on July 14, 2013 at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill. She was born May 26, 1929 in Towanda, Ill. to Penn and Effie Snodgrass. She was proceeded in death by her husband, John Craddock 2008, and is survived by her three daughters: Cindy (Tim) Muhr of Elgin; Jane Craddock (Michael) Ryan of Algonquin, Ill., and Penny (Seth) Scott of Elgin.
Gerry has served the university in a variety of ways for more than 45 years, since former university president Dr. Amos Barton asked her and her husband to join university staff in 1967 as secretary to the president and superintendent of buildings and grounds.
When Dr. Barton resigned four years later, Gerry was asked to stay on as secretary for the incoming president, Dr. Harm Weber. Following Dr. Weber's retirement 22 years later, Gerry continued to provide dedicated service as secretary for President James Didier for five years. In 1996, Gerry retired from her role to move to Florida. When she returned to Elgin in 1998, Gerry returned to Judson. She served as assistant to President Jerry Cain's assistant and filled in often for the president's office. She served as part-time receptionist until her passing.
"Judson 'gets in your blood' and has continued to mean so very much to me and my family," said Gerry in a recent article about her long service to the University.
Likewise, Gerry Craddock has meant so very much to the Judson community and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Craddock family as they mourn their loss and celebrate Gerry's life.
To read more about Gerry's life and family, click here. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8:00 P.M. at the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin, with a memorial service held on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. at the Elgin Evangelical Free Church, on Big Timber Rd. Memorials may be made to Judson University Scholarship Fund or the church. For information, 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.