Mary Francis Young Shura Craig
|Born||Mary Francis Young|
February 23, 1923
Pratt, Kansas, United States
|Died||January 12, 1991 67) (aged|
Maywood, Illinois, United States
|Pen name||Mary Francis Shura,|
M. S. Craig,
Mary Shura Craig,
M. F. Craig,
Mary S. Craig
|Genre||Children, young adult romance, romance, gothic, suspense|
|Spouse||Daniel Charles Shura (1943-1959),|
Raymond C. Craig (1961-divorced)
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