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Ithaca: Darlene Crance, age 54, of Ithaca, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2013 at the Bridgewater Rehabilitation Center in Binghamton, NY surrounded by her family. Born on September 19, 1958 in Ithaca, NY, she was the daughter of the late John Crance and Phyllis (Thompson) Crance. Darlene dedicated most of her life to raising money and awareness for the treatment and cure of Muscular Dystrophy, which she was diagnosed with at the age of 9, by volunteering at the Jerry Lewis Foundation and appearing on national television during the telethon as an advocate for people dealing with the disease. Through her disability, she taught those around her to appreciate their abilities and live life to the fullest. Her biggest joys were being able to share in the successes and adventures of her family members as she was their biggest cheerleader. Darlene was best known for her love of watching her favorite sports teams, the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys, but most importantly following the careers of her favorite NASCAR drivers, the Earnhardts. She collected their memorabilia and dreamed of going to the Daytona 500 to watch them race in person. Darlene is survived by her sisters, Donna (Mickey) Perry, Kathy (Steve) Rumsey, Sheryl Crance; nieces and nephews, Tammy Crance, Mickey Perry, Emily (Joe) VanGorder, Jeffrey Yelvington, Catherine Fuller, Samantha (Caleb) Shattuck, Falicia Singer, Amy Jo (Matt) Teeter, Marcy (John) Harden, Shawna Bennett-Overy, Randy Jr., Mickey, Johnny Crance; and many extended family and friends. She was predeceased by brother, Randy Crance. The family would like to thank Bridgewater Rehabilitation for their care and kindness shown to Darlene. Services will be at the Herson Funeral Home in Ithaca where friends may call on Thursday, March 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. Private family burial will be in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association: MDA at 6315 Fly Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
Published in Ithaca Journal from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013