Sammy Joy Crane
Sept. 17, 1920 - Dec. 03, 2013
Resident of Hayward
Sammy Joy Crane (née Bowling) passed away at age 93 with her family at her side on December 3, 2013 in Walnut Creek, CA.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years (Charles Crane) and son Gary Brenneman, and leaves behind sons Jack Brenneman (Claudia), Gary Crane (Helen) and daughters Debbie Turner (Larry) and Mindy Fischer (Doug). She was known as "Gana" by her grandchildren Larry Crane (Sherry), Ray Crane (Tracy), Mitch Brenneman, Stacie Jessee (Matt), Lisa Brenneman, Amy Brenneman, Samantha Dubé (Marc), Cara Fischer, Megan Fischer-Oliveira (Drew), Bryan Turner, and by her 14 great grandchildren. Joy also leaves behind two loving sisters, Verna Butler and Trella Bailey.
A child of the Dust Bowl, Joy was born on September 17, 1920 in Apache, Oklahoma. She graduated from high school in Arizona and attended ASU, majoring in home economics.
In 1941, she moved to Berkeley, and after WWII
, in 1948, she married the love of her life, Charles Crane. They lived in the east bay for the remainder of their lives, finally in Hayward at Oak Creek.
While young, she worked at a donut shop at UC Berkeley, and after starting her family, as a seasonal worker for Alameda County, and then for the remainder of her career as an assessor for Alameda County, retiring in 1980.
Joy led a full life between her family, work, travel and civic activities, including PTA, Camp Fire Girls, Lakeview Women's Club, square dancing, Kuhnle Avenue Investment Club, Oak Creek Homeowners, and Bridge Club. She loved poetry and art (particularly Monet and Van Gogh). In her later years, her greatest joy was spending time with her family, who love and miss her.
Joy and Charlie took to heart St. Augustine's quote, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." Their first trip out of the US was to New Delhi, India, where their son Gary Brenneman worked for the Peace Corps. They were proud of having spent time on each continent.
Friends are invited to a memorial service, 11:00 Saturday, December 28 at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland CA 94611. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Administration or