Mary Frances Crane

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October 9, 1923 - June 16, 2014

Mary Frances Crane died in the morning hours of June 16, 2014 after a long and rich life. She was 90 years old. Many of Mary's nine children, 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren were with her during her final days in Ojai, California.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts to parents Mary Northway and John Reardon, Mary was the oldest of four children and is survived by Eleanor Risi of Quincy, Mass. and Robert Reardon of Alameda, CA.

Mary trained in New York City as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. Army, serving as a second lieutenant during World War II. She was awarded a World War II Victory Medal for her service caring for injured soldiers.

Mary cared deeply about her family. Pursuing a career as a Registered Nurse while she raised her children, in 1957 Mary and her husband Robert moved with the eldest four children from Boston to Los Angeles. The family drove West on Route 66 to Hollywood where Mary became employed at Cedars Sinai Hospital and took care of many celebrities, including Ava Gardner, Henry Miller, and Janet Leigh.

In 1981 Mary and her children moved to Santa Barbara where she worked as an oncology nurse at Cottage Hospital. Retiring at age 70 to Ojai, Mary lived with her son Danny and her daughter Jeanne.

An ardent Celtics fan who was known for her sense of humor, Mary lived her final years enjoying reading, doing crossword puzzles and attending countless family gatherings where she was surrounded by those who loved her.

Memorial services will be held in Ojai on Saturday, July 19.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 4 to July 8, 2014
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