Bessie Mae Crane

Posted: Friday, June 02, 2000

Longtime Homer resident Bessie Mae Crane died Monday, May 29, 2000, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 77.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Glacierview Baptist Church in Homer. Officiating will be pastors Rick Wise and Floyd Seekins.

Mrs. Crane was born May 4, 1923, in Oakland, Calif., where she was raised and graduated from high school. She was an "Army brat," the daughter of an Army colonel, and traveled extensively in China and the Philippines.

She met and married Les Crane and raised five sons on the Crane Ranch, near Redding, Calif. In 1969, she and her husband moved to Homer with their two younger sons.

Mrs. Crane worked for Sporter Arms from 1970-1982, at South Peninsula Hospital and for the Seward Fish Cannery, all in Homer. She was a member of the Glacierview Baptist Church and had volunteered with the Coast Guard Reserve as well as at South Peninsula Hospital. Mrs. Crane enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, camping and Native Alaska art.

"She loved her Homer friends and especially her Native Alaskan women friends," the family said. "Mom 'adopted' many young people and adults and built a large extended family of loved ones."

Mrs. Crane is survived by her husband of 58 years, Les Crane, of Homer; sons Jim Crane of Homer, Tom Crane of Madrid, N.M., and Fred Crane of San Diego, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law; Ralph and Sandy Crane of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; grandchildren Cindy, Rick, Troy, Julie, Joy, Jess, Ryan, Crystal, Les and Kimberly; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to either the Glacierview Baptist Church, 960 E. End Road, Homer, AK 99603 or the Grace Bible Church, P.O. Box 534 Homer, AK 99603.

Arrangements were by the Homer Funeral Home.

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