Elaine Crane passed away at home in Centralia, Wash. on March 1, 2018, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 24, 1931, in Aberdeen, Wash. to Clifford and Haldis (Olson) Hanson. The family moved to Tacoma, where she attended school. Elaine graduated from Stadium in 1950. In 1951, Elaine married Hugh Joseph Crane and began her life as an Air Force wife. For the next 23 years, she traveled with him wherever possible.
When Hugh retired from the military, they lived in several states, but finally settled in Washington. They first went to Yakima to be near Elaine’s family. Then they lived about 14 years in Grayland where they enjoyed the beach. Finally they settled in Centralia.
Elaine enjoyed working in banking, beginning as a teller she worked her way to retire as a bank auditor. After she retired, Elaine found pleasure in traveling. She and Hugh made several trips to Arizona, a cruise through the Panama Canal and trips to see family, just to mention a few. Elaine, with her sisters, took cruises around Hawaii and to Alaska as well as a trip to New England.
Elaine also found pleasure in crafts. Tole painting was a favorite. She did wonderful cross stitch and made felt Christmas stockings for all the family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Clifford Hanson of California, and two sisters, Myrtle King of Yakima and Wanda Louman of Yakima.
Elaine is survived by her husband of 67 years; two daughters, Janet Crane of Centralia and Gail (George) Bonagofski of Chehalis; three grandchildren, Robert Morrison of Hillsboro, Ore.; Jessica (James) Belyeu of Boise, Idaho and Dale (Shelbi) Morrison of Boise, Idaho; plus two great-grandchildren, three nephews and several great-nephews and nieces.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m. at Calvary Chapel of Centralia.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Centralia Providence Hospice Visiting Nurses. Their gentle care and compassion of Elaine was extraordinary, and they were also a great comfort to her family. We cannot thank them enough.