Corinne Vera “Kitten” Harder-Craver was born to Vera Maude (Orr) Harder and Gerrit Harder at San Francisco Hospital on May 15, 1936.
Early in life, Corinne’s father affectionately nicknamed her “Kitten,” which was the name she chose to use for her entire life. Kitten had two brothers, Duane and Jack. Her early memories included gardening with her beloved mother and playing with her cat Bootsie and German shepherd Yuma. Kitten met the love of her life Robert (Bob) Craver when he appeared at her door to rent a room. She recounted their meeting with Bob introducing himself and her first thought being, “You’re mine.” Bob and Kitten were married shortly after that fateful meeting in 1965. They had two children, John Gerrit and James (Jim) Craver.
Bob and Kitten served as Boy Scout leaders for 12 years, which they enjoyed. A big part of Kitten’s life was helping animals. She served many years at a wildlife rescue specializing in rehabilitating birds of prey. Kitten dearly loved all animals and cared for wild animals in her yard well into her 80s. Kitten’s greatest love of her life was her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Kitten would cheerfully and lovingly share her faith with anyone who would listen. She faithfully served as an assistant to the deaconesses at Glenwood Community Church, arriving early to lovingly prepare communion for the members.
Kitten passed away on Sept. 25, 2022, and is survived by her son James (Jim) Craver and his wife Shea, of Kelso, Washington. At her request, there will be no service.
She will be dearly missed by her friends and family.