ARLENE V. CRANE

Posted Feb. 01, 2009, at 7:39 p.m.

PORTLAND – Arlene V. Crane, 95, passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, with her family at her bedside at home. She was born Sept. 11, 1913, in Whiting, the youngest of five children of Perley and Winifred (McLaughlin) Gilpatrick. She attended Whiting schools and graduated from Washington Academy, East Machias, in 1932. She was employed by Bangor Hydro Electric Co., in the late 1930s and attended Maine School of Commerce, 1939-1940. She married Robert Crane in 1944 at Harlingen (Texas) Army Gunnery School, and together they owned and operated the Machias System Store and other businesses in Machias, until his death in 1983. She was a 50-year member of Hannah Weston Chapter, Machias, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She held several offices in that organization, including chapter regent, Maine state regent, 1965-1968, and national vice president general. In her last years, she attended the meetings of Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter, Portland, and Maine Daughters of the American Revolution functions as an honorary state regent. From 1975 to 1976, she served as chairman of the Washington County Bicentennial Commission, organizing a number of events to commemorate the nation’s 200th anniversary. After retirement at age 71, she served as a volunteer for the Washington County Cooperative Extension Service and Eastern Maine Agency on Aging. For many years she spent winters with her children in California and Arizona. She moved to Portland in 1995 to make a home with her son, Robert and grandson, Nathaniel. She was predeceased by her first husband, Ulmer I. Vose, who died in 1937; three sisters, Florence Fitzhenry, Madeline Dolan and Rebecca Crane; and one brother, Paul Gilpatrick. She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Vose Sullivan of York; two sons, Ulmer I. Vose and wife, Claire, of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Robert L. Crane Jr. of Portland; two nephews, Paul Fitzhenry of Auburn and J. Peter Crane of Ellsworth; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. A memorial visitation will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, where a funeral service will be held 3 p.m. with the Rev. Phil Shearman officiating. Mrs. Crane’s interment will be in the spring at Whiting Village Cemetery.

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