Deena L. Craig

April 29, 2024
Deena L. Craig

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Deena Craig, a long-time Wilmington resident, slipped peacefully and joyfully into the Big Embrace of her loving Savior on April 29th, 2024. Deena lived life fully, remaining open to change and guided by her Lord.

For her, life was a big adventure to be savored moment by moment. Deena began her professional career as a CPA, but soon realized that this was not her true calling. She became involved in missions through YWAM, an interdenominational Christian missionary organization. She maintained her ties to YWAM throughout her life.

In her early thirties, she felt called to change careers and transitioned to medicine. She attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant program, where her heart continued to be stirred toward missions and rural health. During this period, she also felt called to serve her country as an Army Reservist. Deena practiced in Florida for several years before moving to southeastern NC. There she directed and ran two rural health clinics. While living in Wilmington, Deena formed several fine dining and adventure travel groups. Her interest in travel led to her forming a company that took groups to her beloved Italy at least once a year. She loved that those who traveled together often established lifelong friendships.

In 2019 Deena felt called to relocate to Hawaii’s Big Island, which was experiencing a shortage of healthcare providers for its rural population. The island was also the home of YWAM’s world headquarters. Deena remained in Hawaii until health issues prompted her to move back to North Carolina.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday May 8, at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Service, 1535 South 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403, where friends may call from 10:00 AM until time of services. Interment will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409. After the interment, friends are invited to return back to the funeral home for a reception.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Deena’s Memory to Youth With A Mission. Please follow the donation button on this webpage.

Please leave condolence messages for Deena’s family on her Tribute Wall on this webpage.




Funeral Service

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wilmington Funeral Chapel - Directions
1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-791-9099

Visiting Hours

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation - Directions
1535 S. 41st Street
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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  • May 12, 2024
    Jaye Walden says:
    Deena and I had so much fun together and walked through so much of life together. I would always pray for her at her special time 11:11 whenever I noticed it on a clock. A few days after she entered Heaven, I noticed it was 11:11 & had the joyous realization that I don't need to pray for her any more - she made it home!

  • May 12, 2024
    Jaye Walden says:
    Web Deena and I had so much fun together and walked through a lot of life together. I always prayed for her when I noticed a clock at 11:11. A few days after she went to heaven, I noticed my dashboard clock said 11:11 & realized that I don't have to pray for Deena anymore- she made it home!

  • May 08, 2024
    Pearl Bandringa says:
    I so wish I could come today but I'm still not driving. Deena will be missed! She was a ray of sunshine everywhere she went. People say Jesus in her. She never hesitated to laugh, pray and see the best in everything. She will be missed!

  • May 07, 2024
    Janet Craig posted an image:
    Janet, Shirley, Elena and Deena at Thanksgiving at the Craig home
    Janet, Shirley, Elena and Deena at Thanksgiving at the Craig home

  • May 07, 2024
    Sharon Hamby posted an image:
    Sharon Hamby & Deena at The Gatsby Gala at City Club in 2014
    Sharon Hamby & Deena at The Gatsby Gala at City Club in 2014