Luetta Mae Crane
1932 - 2015
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As the sun rose on Sunday January 11, Luetta Mae Crane passed away peacefully at her farmhouse in Fennville. She was born on December 7, 1932 to Vera (Feight) and Leland Harding in Chariton, Iowa. She was their third daughter, tagging along behind sisters Gladys and Leta. The Hardings moved with Leland's job almost once a year during Lue's growing up years. She never moved again after she met and married fruit farmer Bob Crane. Fennville has been her home for those 63 years. Side-by-side, they raised five children and ran Crane Orchards Fruit Farm. In 1968, when small farming was more challenging than ever, the Crane's bought a cider press and started selling their fruit directly to the public in the form of apple cider, bags of fresh apples, and beautiful fruit baskets. In 1972, with Bob at her side, she opened Cranes Pie Pantry Restaurant and Bakery in their barn. She wondered if anyone would come. They came in droves. Lue was a champion of Fennville Public Schools and was especially supportive of her fourteen grandchildren's academics and athletics and art shows. Her community involvement and her commitment to her family ran deep. In her later years, she paid more attention to her own artwork. She sent out hundreds of hand-painted cards to many over the years. She painted everything from apples on the floor of the Pie Pantry, to calendars, to milk cans, aprons, furniture, and even herself. She could take something ordinary and turn it into a thing of beauty. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Vera, along with sisters Gladys Sexton Taylor, and Leta Chamberlain. She leaves behind her husband Robert Crane, son Gary Crane and wife Sandy, daughter Rebecca Crane, daughter Laura Bale and husband Scott, son Robert Crane Jr. and wife Maria, and daughter Nancy Crane Roe and husband David. She also leaves behind her grandchildren Erin, Mia, Eric, Cory, Tai, Rob, Morgan, Ben, Cody, Lucas, Chelsea, Hannah, Trevor, and Taylor, along with 17 1/2 great grandchildren. She is also leaving numerous nieces and nephews. She was also Aunt Lue to many other young people who worked at the Pie Pantry over 42 years. Visitation is at Chappell Funeral Home in Fennville on Wednesday January 14th from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M., and from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Memorial service is at Chappell's on Thursday Jan 15th at 11 am, with a luncheon following at Crane's Pie Pantry restaurant in Fennville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial donations to the Fennville Educational Foundation at P.O. Box 231, Fennville, MI 49408. An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Jan. 13, 2015.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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15
Memorial service
11:00 AM
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January 16, 2015
Deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Lou. She gave me great peace when I lost my mother with her compassionate wisdom.
Diane and Gary Walters
January 13, 2015
I adored Lue from when I was just a tiny girl when my parents would take my 5 sisters and me to visit the Crane's. I wish we could have lived next door! You were so blessed to have Lue for your wife and Mom for so many wonderful years.
Joy McCarty Balasko
January 13, 2015
A lovely creative woman who was an inspiration to all.
January 13, 2015
Will always remember Lues willingness to donate to the Bravo Community Church's Harvest Auction. Also for hosting the annual Crane Miller reunion. My Aunt Dorothy Warren loved going there and visiting with you all. You have the best desserts in the area. Cherish your memories of such a special lady. Remembering you all in thought and prayer, Yvonne Watts Alburtus and Greg
January 12, 2015
Lue Crane's life was a gift to the world. She touched so many lives--just imagine if a little bit of her kindness and sparkle rubbed off on every one of us. What a legacy. What a wonderful woman.
Amy McCarty
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