Mildred Roush Crane, 102, passed away peacefully on Sunday October 3, 2021 with her son Jim holding her hand.
Millie was born on February 28, 1919 during the 1918 Flu Epidemic, in Huron, South Dakota the second child of Lowell N. Roush and Mary Edna (McPhillips) Roush. She grew up there, graduated from Huron High School and later earned her RN at St Cloud Hospital School of Nursing in 1942. She moved to Washington, DC and earned a BS in Nursing Education at Catholic University. It was there that she met and married her husband of 59 years, Thomas J. Crane of Springfield, Mass.
Millie worked at Mercy Hospital in Springfield until she started her family and later taught Elementary School in Coventry, CT and then in Westfield, MA retiring in 1980. Millie was a woman of faith and loved seeing her five children grow. Millie was smart, resilient, hard working and caring.
Millie was predeceased by her husband Tom, her son Michael, her parents, her brothers Bob and John and her sister Mary Jane. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Weber and her husband Fran of Manchester, NH; Carolyn Crane and her spouse Eileen Fernandes of Keene, NH; Jim Crane and John Crane and his wife Michele of Blandford and daughter-in-law Marsha Lawton. She leaves her grandchildren Emma Allen and her husband Brian, Jessie Lawton-Crane, her husband Seung Lee and their children Calder and Chloe, Trista Weber, Meghan Crane and Nathan Crane. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Genesis Westfield Center for their care and concern for our Mom over the six years that she spent there.
Services for Millie are private. Firtion-Adams Funeral Home of Westfield is handling all arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Vincent de Paul Society of St Mary’s Church, 30 Bartlett Street, Westfield, MA 01085
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