Doris Evelyn “Pete” Craft Pugh, age 91, of Christiansburg, and formerly of Clifton Forge, Virginia left this world to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at the home of her daughter in Daleville.
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More commonly known to her family as mom, nana, gernie, granny, and Aunt Pete, Doris was born to the late Phillip Jackson Craft and Gladys Via Craft on November 3, 1929 in Roanoke, Virginia. She married William W. “Bill” Pugh, Jr. and had three children, Becky, Neal, and Melissa. Throughout her life she gained her strength and education from her experiences; from surviving cancer multiple times, helping around the farm, and running the family store, to losing her husband at a young age. She continued to have faith in the Lord and has instilled that same faith in her family. The simplest pleasures in life brought great happiness to Doris, from reading books and recipes to watching the birds surrounding her house and planting flowers to enjoy throughout the season. She found her niche in taking care of her children and grandchildren, and keeping house. Doris loved spending time in the kitchen making meals for her family and anyone that might drop in. She was a firm believer in everything has its place, and to those that knew her, know that even though she is no longer with them, she will always have an impact on their lives.
In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Bill in 1980; her two sisters, Jean Craft Armentrout in 2001 and Madeline Craft Nicely in 2021; a daughter-in-law, Betty Jo Pugh in 2012; and a great grandchild, Michael C. Powell in 2008.
She is survived by her children, Rebecca P. “Becky” Powell and husband David of Christiansburg, VA, Neal W. Pugh and wife Debra of Meadow Bridge, WV, and Melissa P. Fridley of Daleville, VA; a brother-in-law, Joe Armentrout of Fishersville, VA; her grandchildren, Jason Powell and wife Sherri, Amy Sutphin and husband Brian, Matthew “Josh” Powell, Angela Reynolds and husband Matthew, Lindsey Clyde, Kiani Fridley, and Daniel Lilly; eleven great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:00 PM in Mountain View Cemetery, Clifton Forge with Reverend Brandon Craig officiating. Interment will immediately follow. There will be no formal visitation.
Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.
The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society..