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Charlene Norma Cranfill

1937 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Charlene Norma Cranfill Obituary
Charlene Norma Cranfill was called home by our Heavenly Father on January 28, 2018, after fighting a loosing battle with COPD for a number of years. Charlene was born on March 1, 1937, to Charles Norman Strode and Bernice Patrick Strode of Indianapolis, Indiana. Charlene lived for a time in Hawaii and La Mesa, California, and was a long time resident of Wildomar, California. She traveled extensively throughout the United States learning life's lessons along her journey as she ultimately followed her entrepreneurial spirit. Charlene followed her love for history, culture, and art and found her niche in the opportunities for business, antiques, and collectibles. Charlene came to California and in doing so found the man "who made her laugh" and promised to be her business partner and best friend, Paul CK Cranfill. A father of six children and extended family and friends as well. Charlene built her business, Antiquetessen, with Paul's assistance, a 29 year path blessed with many friends, colleagues, clients, and the finest of neighbors. Charlene loved her profession and the people who thrived on being in that industry with her. She never really retired and was still directing her own estate proceedings from her hospital room until her life's end proving she was the queen of persistence and endurance.
A family private burial was performed on February 19, 2018, at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, California, 92518. Charlene was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Paul CK Cranfill. Charlene also leaves behind her daughter, Robin Wickersham; six step-children, Angela Cranfill Connally, ATC Phillip Carlton Cranfill, Paula Cranfill Anderson, Brenda Cranfill Khastehdel, Pamela Cranfill Khani Glendenning, Virginia Miller Cranfill, and their spouses. Charlene also leaves behind many step-grandchildren and great grandchildren who will miss her dearly.
Charlene will always be remembered for teaching us the love and value of history through her love of antiques. Thank you for loving and being our father's best friend through these past years. You will be missed Charlene, we will see you in glory, we love you, rest in peace. Charlene's wishes were for donations to be given in her name to Saint Jude.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 22, 2018
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