Nina “Pauline” Cragun

September 3, 2020

Nina “Pauline” Cragun, 105, was born in Frankfort, Indiana June 9, 1915 to Guy and Bertha (Stewart) Pletch.  She went home to be with The Lord on September 3, 2020 in her home on the family farm where she grew up and lived nearly all of her life.

Pauline graduate from Jackson Township High School and was married to Fred Cragun, son of Elmer and Minnie (Hine) Cragun, on April 13, 1941.  They lived in Biloxi, Mississippi while Fred served in the Air Force and she continued her work as a beautician.  Afterward, they settled back home in Indiana near their family on the farm in rural Frankfort.

Pauline enjoyed being a farmer’s wife, a homemaker, and loved the country life.  She was a member of the First Christian Church and YM Home Economics Club.  She had a love for oil painting, crafts, and playing all sorts of card games with family and friends.  Her husband and she took dance lessons at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and they reveled in going to the Harris barn dances.  Pauline played the piano and organ by ear, and everyone would gather around her singing old songs and hymns.  Her favorite was always “How Great Thou Art.”  Pauline was a vivacious people person – who loved socializing and meeting new people.  In later years, she and her husband were snowbirds, who went to Texas each winter and enjoyed fishing and walking along the beach collecting sea-shells; however, they always looked forward to returning to their farm in Indiana for springtime and harvest.

Pauline was a joy to all who knew her.  She will be greatly missed by her family, but they rejoice knowing they will all be together again.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2020, at the First Christian Church, 58 S. Columbia St., Frankfort. Service will follow at the church. Graveside services will be held at Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Samaritan Purse, St. Jude’s or Shriners Children’s Hospital. Out of respect for the health, safety, and comfort of all in attendance, guests will be expected to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks.

Survived by:

Pauline is survived by three children, Ron Cragun of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Randal (Jacqueline) Cragun of Frankfort, Indiana, and Janet (Kevin) Mahanay of Lake Barrington, Illinois; eight grandchildren, David (Tammi) Cragun, Danea Cragun, Danetta Cragun, Michele Cragun, Michael (Jennifer) Cragun, Maja Erickson, Jennifer (David) Wolke, Michael Mahanay; and twelve great grandchildren, Dawson, Drew, Daylin, Delia, Devin, Camden, Siena, Chase, Austin, Parker, Oliver and August; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, of 58 years; her parents; brother, Earnest; sister, Betty Cox; niece, Carol Joy, and many dear brothers and sister’s in-law.


Leave your Condolences

12 Condolences for “Nina “Pauline” Cragun”

  1. Doug and Lisa Hines September 4, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    We went to church for years with Pauline, and admired her so much! She was always so cheerful and friendly! In the dead of a freezing winter, she amazed us that she always made it to church!!! We were blessed to know her and send you our condolences. What a wonderful life!!!

  2. Janice Bradshaw Crouch September 4, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Janet, May God give you comfort as you grieve the loss of your mother. You will always have the wonderful memories of her in your heart. What a glorious long life she was so graciously given. Hugs, my friend.

  3. Hallie Cragun September 5, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Sending my sincere condolences to all the family. Aunt Pauline was a dear, sweet and special lady and loved by all. She will be greatly missed. I am rejoicing through the sadness as I know she is now celebrating with her husband, Fred, in their Heavenly home.

  4. Jeff Martin September 5, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Randy and David, and the entire Cragun family I am sorry to hear of the passing of your (mother and grandmother). But wow what a amazing life she had, the things she seen and changes that she experienced are amazing! I am sure you can take comfort in knowing that she is now in a very peaceful and loving place.

  5. Pamela Goodnight Shelburne September 5, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Dear Randy & Jackie
    It has been a long time, but I just wanted to say I am sorry for your loss. I lost my mother several years ago and the world is not the same. Please accept my condolences and know there are people around to help you through this.

  6. Cathy Scott September 7, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    What a joy to have known Pauline. She came into my beauty shop up until 6 years ago when I closed my shop. I have thought of her often. She was one of my favorite customers. I loved chatting with her and always enjoyed her. She loved talking about her family and I felt I knew all of you. My sincere sympathy to her entire family.

  7. Mike Rager September 8, 2020 at 10:48 am

    My condolences go out to the entire Cragun family. Pauline had a long and wonderful life and knowing Randy and David, I know she raised a caring and loving family. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  8. Pam Kissel September 8, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your mother. I have many great memories of our family reunions where your mom and dad were present and all of the Craguns. We will all be together in Heaven one day for the biggest reunion of all. May your memories help sustain you at this time of loss. Love, Gregg and Pam Kissel.

  9. Vicki Padron September 9, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Randy, Jackie, Kids and grand kids. My sympathy to you for the loss of such a precious sweet woman. She was such a joy to talk too. She loved her family and the LORD. Praying for comfort for you. Randy was her rock. He took such great care of his mother selflessly. Vicki Padron, The Edge Salon

  10. Gary & Patsy Merrill September 10, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Ron and I went to Jackson together. I spent many nights at the Cragun house as a kid and Pauline was always so nice to me. After she got older, she always impressed me with how sharp she still was, I only hope I can be that sharp when I’m that age. She was blessed with a long and full life. Our condolences to the family.

  11. Margo Graves September 10, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Randy, David and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother and grandmother was an amazing and sweet lady. She so reminded me of my grandmother. I always enjoyed chatting with her over the years when she would come into work. Please accept my condolences.
    Margo Graves

  12. Sam Scott September 13, 2020 at 11:07 am

    So saddened to learn of Pauline’s passing. I fondly remember seeing her and Fred on the farm when visiting with Randy. Seemed like she always had fresh baked cookies. Great memories and will be with me forever. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire family.

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