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Betty Louise (Woodmansee) Crane

Betty Louise (Woodmansee) Crane
  • August 5, 1923 - February 28, 2018
  • Burlington, Michigan
  • Alzheimer's Association- Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
    350 East Michigan Ave. Suite 20
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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“Julia Woodmansee was my Great Grandmother, Hasting area. I have several old pictures of Woodmansee's . Related? Not sure.Prayers to Betty's family. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: James Brangwyn - OLIVET, MI

“Just seeing bettys passing on FB. I have been on vacation since February 22. Sorry for your loss. Hope everyone is doing ok. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Sheila Jones - battle creek, MI

“I will always remember fondly how welcoming Betty was to those who visited her home! She always made everyone feel like family, and always loved to...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Jan Nielsen - Marshall, MI

“Chuck and Betty were one of my parents best and life-long friends. Betty and my dad even hunted together way back in the day. Grant and I attended...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Sharon Replogle - Geneva, FL

“To the family, I am sorry to hear the news about your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: John

“I have so many wonderful memories of time spent in Crane's Grocery in the fifties when I was a child. It was an easy walk from my home on Surby. A...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Marilynn Miles - Battle Creek, MI

“Peggy and Cindy, So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. I remember her as being very patient with all of us when we were playing at your house...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Betsy Schultz - Grants Pass, OR

“I have many memories of your mother and father when I was a little kid living on Wentworth and going into the store, your mother was always patient...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: chuck mead - Friend

“So sorry for your loss Carol. Our prayers and thoughts to your whole family. I remember going into the store so long ago with my parents. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Sandi Wenzler-Cayton - Bellevue, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers to your entire family. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Dan & Karhy Kever - Burlington, MI

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Betty Louise Crane, 94, of Burlington, Michigan died peacefully at her home with her family at her side on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

She was born August 5, 1923 in Dowling, Michigan to Bessie Woodmansee. Betty grew up in Dowling, Michigan and was a 1941 graduate of Hastings High School. After high school she was employed at the S.S. Kresge Store in downtown Battle Creek and then for the Kellogg Company. She owned and operated Crane Grocery Store at 552 W. Columbia Avenue with her husband for 20 years from 1946 until 1966; when they closed the business and sold the building. For the next 18 years Betty was employed at Security National Bank (Now Comerica).

Betty married Charles C. Crane on April 4, 1942 in Defiance, Ohio. Sadly she was preceded in death by Chuck, her husband of 71 years on October 22, 2013. Surviving are four daughters, Carol (Bill) Brenner and Peggy Nofs, both of Burlington, Linda (Mike) Wilkey of Scotts, and Cynthia (Kevin) Hale of Richland; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter. In addition to her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Morrow Moody; a half-brother, Oliver "Gib" Morrow and two half-sisters, Norma Roberts and Charlotte Walter.

Betty and Chuck enjoyed their memberships with several camping and motor home clubs, traveling in their motor home and wintering in Eufaula, Alabama. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and golfing with Chuck and in several golf leagues. She loved cooking family dinners, spending time with her family and campouts on the farm. Betty was a member of the Jolly Bunco Club for 67+ years and a member of the Calhoun County Extension Club.

Friends will be received 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. The Funeral Service to celebrate Betty's life will be officiated by her son-in-law Retired Pastor Kevin Hale at the funeral home 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2018. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek.

Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Hospice or Alzheimer's Association. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at

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2435 Territorial Road Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 963-7577