Wellsville, NY - Mary Ellen Patricia Barber Craft, 50, of Wellsville, NY, died Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Jones Memorial Hospital after a lengthy battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Born July 26, 1966, in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of the late William C. Barber and Theresa Smith Barber. She was a 1984 graduate of Northern Potter High School and later obtained her teaching degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She was a science teacher for the Adirondack Central School District in Booneville, NY. Mary Ellen later was a substitute teacher for Wellsville Central School and had worked for the David A. Howe Library before retiring due to her illness.
On July 26, 2008, she married Ward R. Craft, who survives.
Mary Ellen was a true animal lover and cared for many pets throughout her life, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinnea pigs, and alpacas.
She was an avid NY Jets fan that loved reading, jogging and hunting in her younger years.
Surviving besides her husband, Ward, are a son, Derek Folts of Albany, NY; her mother, Theresa Barber of Genesee, PA; a brother, William (Corinne) Barber of New York, NY; a sister, Kathleen Barber of Albany, NY; a stepdaughter, Crystal Craft of Lubbock, TX; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. In addition to her dad, William, an infant daughter, Darcy Folts, predeceased her.
Friends may call Friday, September 23, 2016 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the J.W. Embser Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. A graveside service will be celebrated 11:00 AM Saturday with the Father Joseph Dougherty in Andrews Settlement Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to either the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www. nationalmssociety.org or Teacher's Pet Rescue at 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA. 16915. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneral home.com