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(March 19, 1917 – April 15, 2012)

Mildred Ruth Crane, 95, of Midland, died peacefully at home on April 15, 2012. Mildred was born in Monroe County, Michigan on March 14, 1917 to the late Albert and Ruth (VanTassel) Rauch. On Aug. 26, 1952 Mildred married her sweetheart Kenneth G. Crane who predeceased her on June 11, 2001. Mildred was a member of the Wesley Chapel of the Wesleyan Church. She was a former Camp Fire leader. She loved traveling with other seniors, gardening, crafts, nature and her cats and dogs. She was a proud American and Michigander. She loved her country. Up until just a few weeks ago she was always helping other seniors. Mildred is survived by her daughter, Georgia (Joseph) Minissale of Valapariso, IN; grandsons, Joseph R., Michael K., Christopher J., Marcus S.; and 1 brother. Mildred was predeceased by her daughter, Deborah Ruth; son Wayne A. ; 6 brothers and 1 sister. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 19 at Midland Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 565 N. Meridian Road with Pastor James Barnhart officiating. The family will receive friends at the cemetery from 10 am until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Wesley Chapel, Wesleyan Church. Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly is assisting the family. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.