Beth (Elizabeth) Anania McCraley

Profile Updated: May 22, 2015
Residing In: Chino, CA USA
Homepage: GrannyBeth Anania McCraley
Occupation: Retired
Children: Jim Jr born 1964, Laura born 1965 deceased 1977, David born 1968, Amy born 1971 & Steven born 1972.
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We moved from Detroit to Shady Knolls (1103 Evelyn) in 1953 and I went to Woodruff, George, St John's and Ypsi high. My younger sisters also attended Erickson and East Jr High. Parents divorced in 1958, Mom then married Ed Allen and we moved to California in 1960. I guess I was "coming home" in a way because I was born in El Centro, CA when Dad was stationed there as a Marine in WWII before he was sent overseas. Three days after graduation I was on a train back to Michigan, got a job in Ann Arbor but returned to California six months later to care for Mom after her surgery. One month later I met my husband at church, we were married for 14 years but divorced after the death of our oldest daughter who was 12 at the time. I was a division manager for Sears for 7 years and in 1986 went to work for the California Department of Corrections as an Analyst for Personnel and retired after 22 years. I am living with Polycystic Kidney Disease, a hereditary disease that will require me to go on dialysis at some point. 3 of my 4 kids and 1 grandchild also have it, there is no cure but maybe a transplant for some & dialysis for others. I've been lucky enough to travel and managed a trip to England in 2004 and a cruise to Alaska in 2014. My first great grandchild in due in October 2015, life has been very gratifying if not somewhat of a challenge. But then whose hasn't been?

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I remember so much of Ypsi and the friends I had growing up. My childhood & early teen memories are all of Ypsi and I treasure them. I still miss the change of seasons and even the snow...yeah I know. Funny thing...my teen age grandchildren listen to the same music we did and get a kick out of the fact that I already know the words to "their" songs. Taught them how to do the "hand jive" and they used it during a flag routine, they had to teach their parents, I got a kick out of watching.

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