Karen "Katie" (Carnahan) Crane

October 6, 1946May 29, 2018

Karen “Katie” (Carnahan) Crane, 71, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Karen was born in Elizabeth, NJ, on October 6, 1946, the daughter of Dr. Ansel R, and Ann (Scutakes) Carnahan. She was graduated from Montpelier, VT, high school in 1965 and from Vernon Court Junior College in Newport, RI, in 1967. Following graduation, she moved to California and remained a California resident for most of her life.

Karen enjoyed a wonderful childhood in central Vermont, where her father had a veterinary practice. As a child, she enjoyed riding her horse, accompanying her father on veterinary calls around the Vermont countryside, watching surgeries, collecting stray animals, playing with her sisters, growing frogs, looking for fool’s gold, floating handmade boats in the brook, fishing, and conspiring with her sisters to sneak pets into the house. As an adult, her love of animals continued, and she enjoyed gardening, photography, rafting down the American River, and spending time with friends and family. She worked as a stewardess for Pacific Southwest Airlines and later worked as an interior designer. In 2016, she moved to Maryland to be close to her son Travis and his family. She spent the last years of her life caring for her granddaughters, playing and laughing and watching them grow. Her family and friends will long remember her as a “people-magnet” with a quick wit, someone who could find the humor in any situation.

She will be lovingly remembered by her son Travis Crane and his wife Sarah, her granddaughters Madison and Annabelle Crane, her sisters Jill Edson and husband George of Cornish, NH, Connie Krueger and husband Paul of Beverly, MA , her nieces Elizabeth Ellingson, Emily Jones, Abigail Edson, Gwendolyn Krueger, and her nephew Jonathan Krueger, her Uncle Jack Carnahan and Aunt Dorothy Landers and many cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Ansel and Ann Carnahan of Montpelier.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 8, at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia, MD. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Karen’s memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children (!/donation/checkout).


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 8, 2018

Karen "Katie" (Carnahan) Crane

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"cit" gagne

June 7, 2018

Dear Travis and family, I have thought about your family and Karen everyday since karen passed. I will never forget Karen. We were best friends for life. Thank you for calling me. I have so many good memories of Karen over the years. We had many laughs in homeroom together in high school . That is where I received the nick name of "cit" from Karen. She rode her horse one and a half miles to my mom's house so my sisters and I could see and pat the horse. We ate creamies together. we took a long adventure walk and got lost behind Karen's house in the woods. Our families found us after dark, but our moms were not too happy. We tried smoking and blowing the smoke out the bathroom window so we wouldn't get caught. My husband and I received Air Force orders to California in 1989. I knew Karen lived in California but did not know where. I called Mrs. Carnahan and she said , "Oh yah, she lives in a suburb of Sacramento," What? Our orders were for Sacramento . We had 25 years together in "Cali" until she moved to Maryland . We would celebrate our birthdays at IHop ,Dennys , marie calenders and Olive garden. I brought and set up tierras, birthday plates, napkins and noise makers at dennys for one of Karen's birthdays. She was late , so the man in the next booth thought I had an imaginary friend. Oh the laughter. Karen will always be in my heart and soul. I miss her so much. I am so sorry I cannot attend the memorial service. Please let me know if I can do anything for you. Love you all......... "Cit"

Shirley Saunders

June 6, 2018

So very sorry to hear of Katie’s passing. I am so happy she shared her last two years with all of you. We had her going away party at my house and she could barely contain her joy at this new chapter in her life. Katie shared our neighborhood and our NewEngland heritage with one another

Chris Chisholm

June 5, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of Karen's passing . She always meant so much to me . My sincerest condolences to her entire family . Chris.