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Barbara H. Crane

1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Barbara H. Crane Obituary
July 31, 1923 - October 20, 2017 Barbara H. Crane of Sherman Oaks, California passed away on October 20, 2017 at sunset, with her family and a few friends around her. Beloved mother, daughter, wife, grandmother and friend, she will be missed and mourned by many. Her amazing smile lit up the world and the people around her. Born on July 31, 1923, 94 years ago, she grew up and spent her early years in Massachusetts. At boarding school, she became best and lifelong friends with Marjorie Crane (O'Connor) who introduced her to her future husband, Allan J. Crane, from Long Island, New York. Barbara and Allan moved to California after WWII and raised three children, Stephanie, Jerry, and Donald. Barbara leaves us with a long, long list of beautiful memories: a million meals with family around the dinner table; taking her kids to a thousand lessons; Boy Scout mom extraordinaire; docent at the Los Angeles Zoo; dog lover; station wagon full of kids to the beach; loving touch and smile every step of the way. We all watched with amazement and pride at how much people loved her - virtually everyone she met. She is survived by her son Donald Crane, daughter-in-law Leslie Crane; grandchildren Alexander Crane, Maureen Hennessey, and Laura Hennessey; nephew David O'Connor; and her dear friend, companion, and caregiver, Laura Crawford. She was preceded in death by her husband Allan, son Jerry, daughter Stephanie, sister-in-law Marjorie. Barbara Crane was the best. We will miss her forever. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) or Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2017
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