Dale Marie Duffey Buckalew Crane

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Dale Marie Duffey Buckalew Crane of Conroe died November 28, 2017. Mrs. Crane was born on January 12, 1937, in Flora, LA to Randall E. Duffey and Doy Faust Duffey. She moved with her family to Magnolia, Texas in 1945, where she graduated from Magnolia High School. After graduating from Southwestern Business School in Houston, she married and started her family who she loved dearly. She lived in Waco, Beaumont and Humble before moving to Conroe in 1965.

Preceding her in death were two brothers, Randall Lynn Duffey and Ray Edwin Duffey; her parents, Honeyboy and Nanny and her husband, Patrick Bennett Crane, Sr. Dale is survived by her loving family: sister, Delia Rose Duffey of Bryan; daughter, Debra Kay Buckalew Campbell and husband, Larry of The Woodlands; son, Donnie Buckalew and wife, Leesa; son, Denny E. Buckalew and wife, Melanie; daughter, Deann Marie Buckalew Alger and husband, Greg-all of Conroe. Grandchildren, Kristen Kay Nichols of Louisville, KY; Dayna Shea Buckalew Wieghat and husband, Justin of Conroe; Blake Edwin Buckalew of Conroe; Brandon Lee Buckalew of Conroe; Blair Duffey Alger and Brooke Thomas Alger, both of Houston; Blaine Beck Alger of Conroe; and great granddaughter, Teagan Rylee Wieghat. Dale is also survived by her step-children, Callie Crane Mason of Conroe; Sean Crane and wife, Heather of Napa Valley, CA and Patrick B. Crane, Jr. and wife, Darlene of Kingwood and their children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Crane was a loving and giving person who had a zest for life and a wonderful sense of humor. The love she had for her family was foremost. Her main joy in life was spending precious time with her family and friends. She rarely missed her children's activities and attended all her grandchildren's graduations. Dale was known for her cooking and will be fondly remembered for her nanny-cakes and chocolate rolls. She loved to watch the Astro's play ball and finally, after many, many years she got to see her team become World Series Champions!

Throughout her life, she traveled the world and was grateful she got to see "God's Beautiful World." Through her travels, she toured five of the seven continents and all fifty states with Alaska being one of her favorites.

Mrs. Crane was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Conroe and was active in many civic affairs in her early adult life being involved in the Montgomery County Fair Assn., Conroe Lioness Club, Conroe Service League, Beta Sigma Phi, Montgomery County Youth Services and the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County to name a few. Dale was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend who was dearly loved and will be dearly missed.

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at First Presbyterian Church in Conroe with Rev. Green and the Rev. Young officiating. The visitation will begin at 9:30 A.M. under the direction of Conroe Funeral Directors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the following: The Dale Buckalew Crane Fund at Montgomery County Community Foundation at www. mccfoundation.org, First Presbyterian Church of Conroe or to the .

The family wishes to thank the many friends who have been with us through this journey with a special thanks to caregivers, Ethel Davis, Bridgett Fleming and Charlene Lockett.


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