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 Tempie Jane <I>Craig</I> Burton

Tempie Jane Craig Burton

Kentucky, USA
Death 20 May 1959 (aged 69)
Gardena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Sunrise Slope 103G
Memorial ID 92160935 · View Source
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Ella Francis Craig Loveless
Lillie Belle Craig Starnes
Lucetta Settie Craig Neal Brumley
Stephen Douglas Craig

The picture my mother painted of her paternal grandmother was that of a corncob pipe smoking woman with a couple of mean geese who lived on a dusty farm in the desert. The image makes me laugh. It's as if Tempie was some sort of pint-sized Annie Oakley, spittin' snuff as well as bullets, with honking geese at her feet as guard dogs.

Tempie grew up in Kentucky, one of the daughters of Isaac Craig and Nancy Harmon. She married Thomas Neal when she was just 13 years old and had four children with him before he passed. She next married Abraham Burton in 1921 and had two more children, one of whom (Rebecca) died young. In 1943, Abe and Tempie made their way out West and settled in hot and dry Palmdale, CA.

She is buried next to her son, Ted, and his wife, Helen, in Green Hills Cemetery in Rancho Palos Verdes. Helen purchased the 3 plots after her husband passed and said she picked the location because there was a view of the ocean. That view is now obstructed with development.

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  • Created by: Roselei
  • Added: 18 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92160935
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Tempie Jane Craig Burton (10 Apr 1890–20 May 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92160935, citing Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Roselei (contributor 47673030) .