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CRAFTON, Jean W. It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of Jean W. Crafton (born Wynema Jean Stull), beloved mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother, on November 1, 2016 at 11:01 pm. Jean and her twin sister Juanita Cotner, who survives her, were born to a share-cropping family on June 8, 1928 in Spur, Texas. During the Great Depression, her parents, Bertha Ann and Harry Stull, and her siblings, Wayne, Lorraine, Harold, Juanita and Willis, loaded up a truck with all their earthly possessions and moved west to Calif., settling first in Tipton, Calif.. At the age of ten, and with the encouragement of their mother, the twins developed a talent for dance and soon gained some notoriety, becoming known locally as 'The Tipton Twins.' After the Stull family re-located to Burbank, Jean and Juanita's dancing careers eventually led them to other opportunities: radio shows, fairs, U.S.O. tours (they may have fibbed about their ageƉ), and Jean even got a small part in a B-movie titled Queen of the Amazons (Jean often joked that her one speaking part ended up on the cutting-room floor). Jean put aside her career as a dancer, got married, and settled in Lancaster to become a mother to four children: Mark, Jill, Nancy and, later, Ed. In addition to being a devoted and loving mother, she was a dedicated employee and worked for several years at Sierra Travel Agency on the Boulevard, Desert Industrial Supply on Sierra Highway, and was a mainstay in more recent years working for her daughter Nancy at Kwik Oil located behind Petro Lock on Avenue I. At Kwik Oil, Jean was the smiling, warm face customers encountered as they dropped off their cars for an oil change. Jean loved gardening, fishing, visiting with family, baking with her grandchildren and, more recently, enjoyed nothing better than sitting down with a good book to read. Jean is preceded in death by her husband Edwin A. Tucker, and her son Mark Ulberg. She is survived by her daughters, Jill Norris and Nancy (Dan) Welty, her son Edwin (Erica) Tucker, daughter-in-law, Cheryl Ulberg, and Jean's first husband, Wayne Ulberg. The lights of Jean's life were her grandchildren, Amy Young, Andrea (Jon) Baskette, Brandy (Barry) Leonard, Kara Ulberg, Cameron Norris, and Jeff and Brian Howell. She was also delighted be a great-grandmother to: Easton Young, Remington Young, Megan Leonard, Kaylee Leonard, Charli Baskette, Cooper and Asher Moen, Sydney Norris, and Lilly and Kheo Roberts. And earlier this year in February, Jean was a grandmother (again) to little Austin Tucker. Jean's services will be held at Joshua Memorial Chapel, Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 am with graveside immediately following.

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