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Victoria La Beaux Clark Craig

February 2, 1947 December 27, 2018
Victoria  La Beaux Clark Craig
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Victoria La Beaux Clark Craig (Viki) died peacefully on December 27, 2018. She was born on February 2, 1947 in New York City to Beatrice La Beaux Clark and Charles Edward Clark of Yonkers, New York, both of whom predeceased her. She grew up in Yonkers, New York, the oldest of four.

Viki met and fell in love with Charles Craig in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1968 when she spent the summer between her junior and senior years with a college classmate.  She and Charles were married in 1970 and lived together for 48 years in Plainfield, in Hyattsville and Silver Spring, Maryland and finally in Morristown, New Jersey. Their marriage was blessed by two daughters, Simone Renee and Lauren Michelle, and a granddaughter Victoria Charleigh. In 2017, the Craig family was named one of the “Coolest Black Families in America” by Ebony Magazine.

Viki received a B.A. from Hampton Institute, a Masters degree from Bowie State in Early Childhood Education, and a Masters degree from Kean University in Education Administration. She was a well-respected and coveted educator in both the Morris and Plainfield School Districts; she served as the Summer School Principal in the Morris School District for many years and was a mentor to countless teachers throughout her tenure. She was a Charter member, former President, and Associate member of the Morris County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, where she also served as Chair of the Teen Conference Committee in 1990, when 800 Jack & Jill teens from the Eastern Region convened at the Parsippany Hilton. She received the Sanderal S. Brown Distinguished Mother Award and traveled to Senegal, Africa with national Jack & Jill officers as a part of the organization’s Jumoke project. Viki was a Founder and the Executive Director of Art in the Atrium, Inc., a recipient of the “Arts Organization of the Year” award from Morris Arts on two separate occasions.  Art in the Atrium is celebrating 27 years of exhibiting African-American fine art, sponsoring artists in schools and providing scholarships to art students. It has become the largest exhibition of African American art in the region and draws patrons and art lovers from up and down the east coast. In 2010, Viki was honored as an Inspirational Woman by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement during their Women's History Month Celebration.

As a child Viki was taught how to sew by her mother and later became a fabric artist, creating several fabric pieces over the years. In her retirement, still working with fabric, Viki became a master quilter who loved gifting family, friends and new babies personalized fabric art pieces. Viki was an active member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Morristown, where she was a member of the Bethel Quilters and for several years was Superintendent of Sunday School.

Viki was predeceased in death by her brother Stephen. She leaves behind her loving husband, Charles, daughters Simone and Lauren, granddaughter, Victoria Charleigh, sister Lorraine Schwartz, brother J. Anthony Clark, and a great number of close friends and relatives.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Art in the Atrium, Inc.


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Visitation

Wednesday

2

Jan

7:00 PM 1/2/2019 7:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 1/2/2019 9:00:00 PM
Bethel A.M.E. Church

59 Spring St.
Morristown, NJ 07960

Bethel A.M.E. Church
59 Spring St. Morristown 07960 NJ
United States

Service

Thursday

3

Jan

11:00 AM 1/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
Bethel A.M.E. Church

59 Spring St.
Morristown, NJ 07960

Bethel A.M.E. Church
59 Spring St. Morristown 07960 NJ
United States
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