Helen F. Crane

Monday, March 31, 2014

Helen F. Crane, age 89, went peacefully to be with her loving Savior on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, with her family by her side. Helen was the first born child to Reverend Archie R. Nichols and Mary F. Nichols on Aug. 3, 1924. She had five siblings: Florence, Paul, Betty, Walter and Melvin.

She graduated high school in 1942, and met Max Crane, who she married on April 4, 1943, in Severy, Kan. They were blessed with five children, Terry, Ross, Billy, Patsy and Rodney. They raised their family on a dairy farm where they all worked together.

After her husband's death, she sold the family farm and finally found her place in Eureka Springs and lived for many years. She was a very loving person, good to family, and friends.

She was an avid member of Faith Christian Family Church; she was one of the earliest members, and had become the oldest member of the church.

Helen is survived by her children, Terry Crane, Billy Crane (Eureka Springs), Patsy Lanning and Rodney Crane; also by 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and brothers Walter Nichols and Melvin Nichols. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son Ross Crane, sisters Florence Richardson and Betty Myer and brother Paul Nichols.