Crane, Deborah Joan
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After living on five continents, Deborah Crane made her final journey to her heavenly home on June 27, 2013. Adopted at birth on May 5, 1953 in London, England, Deborah lived with her family in Kuwait, Canada, Venezuela, Algeria, Belgium and the United States. Experiencing these different cultures gave Deborah a lifelong interest in languages and allowed her to become fluent in Spanish and French. Deborah met her future husband, Dick, while attending Texas Tech University and after they married in 1975 she finished her degrees in Spanish and French Literature at the University of Texas at El Paso. During the 27 years Deborah lived in El Paso, she worked for the Robert E. McKee Construction Company, taught school and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Later, Deborah and Dick moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado with their two beautiful daughters Hillary and Brittany. After several years, the family relocated to Phoenix where both daughters graduated from Arizona State University. Shortly before Dick's retirement from El Paso Natural Gas, Deborah was diagnosed with cancer, which she endured with quiet dignity for 15 months. Both of her deceased parents, who served in England's Royal Air Force (RAF) during WWII, would have been so proud of Deborah's courage, as were Dick, Hillary and Brittany. Deborah finished her remarkable life's journey surrounded by her husband and daughters. She is also survived by two sisters, Charmian Foster (Philadelphia, PA) and Rosamond (Bob) Brandt (Lubbock, TX) along with several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and her beloved cat, Tuxy. The Crane family is grateful for the loving care provided by the doctors and nurses at M.D. Anderson and Banner Hospitals and requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the hospitals or the
. Funeral services will be held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2540 West Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85202, on Wednesday July 3, 2013, at 10 AM, with graveside service to follow at the Double Butte Cemetery in Tempe, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 30, 2013