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Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory

2515 Patterson Rd., Grand Junction, CO

OBITUARY

Delores J. Crane

August 20, 1936March 13, 2020

Delores “Dee” Jean Crane, 83, of Whitewater passed away at her home on Friday, March 13, 2020. Dee was born on August 20, 1936 in Denver, Colorado and moved to Grand Junction in 1952. She graduated from Grand Junction High School and received her teaching degree from Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas and her Master’s Degree from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. Dee was a well-known and admired retired elementary school teacher and principal for 48 years in School District 51, her last position being Principal of Taylor Elementary School in Palisade, Colorado for 36 of those years. After retiring, she was a substitute teacher and volunteer at Taylor for 10 more years. Dee was a servant in the best sense of the word. Her life was spent making others a better version of themselves. She was a cowgirl at heart who was most comfortable in a pair of jeans. The Grand Mesa was her little slice of heaven and she knew it like the back of her hand. All animals knew they were safe on her property and used it as their personal playground, much to Dee’s delight. Teaching children was her absolute joy. She is survived by her sister, Carole Kniffy Hamilton and her husband Larry; and nephew, John McConnaughey and great niece, Nakayla McConnaughey, of Morehead City, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Crane; her mother, Olive Kniffen; and step-father, Charles Kniffen. The family would like to thank her loyal friend, Irene Binggeli, and faithful caregiver, Mari Wozniak, for their continuous devotion to her care. A celebration of life event will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Roice-Hurst Humane Society, P.O. Box 4040, Grand Junction, CO 81502.

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Tamra Witte

March 20, 2020

Miss Nielson, my first AND second grade teacher at Lincoln Orchard Mesa (I think strings may have been pulled on that one). Kind, caring, a wonderful woman and human being. The best of the best in the teaching profession.

When she retired, I sent a card with the black and white photo that she gave me in first grade that I always believed was her high school or college graduation photo. It was with me my entire life, carefully stored away in my cedar chest with all my kiddos and grandkids "keepers".....that is how much impact she had on me. Low and behold she called me to tell me how much the gesture meant to her. Yes, she was very special and fondly remembered.

De Ann Gutierrez

March 20, 2020

The lovely Dee married my Dad, Ernest Robert Crane on March 27, 1978. They shared a love of the outdoors, and an adventurous life together for 37 years. I was blessed to have her in my life and was so happy that she married my Dad and was grateful for the loving care she gave my Dad before he passed June 16, 2015. I have no doubt that I have her to thank for all those Birthday and Christmas Cards that came from Dad! My best memory was the time that we went out in the paddle boat up at the cabin and talked for hours. Dee did not talk much about herself, she always listened, encouraged and praised every accomplishment of others. I loved and will miss you Dee. Joel also loved talking with you, whenever I would call he could not wait to get on the line. This is one of my favorite photos of a visit up to the cabin.

Michelle Foote

March 20, 2020

She was a great role model.
-Michelle Foote, Taylor student ‘74-‘81.

Christine Silengo

March 19, 2020

I knew her as Miss Neilson. She was my second grade teacher and she made a huge and positive impression on me. I recall to this day what she told us in 1960, that there would only be enough oil for 100 years. She also told us she was going to teach us a little Spanish because the border wasn’t too far away. I was pleased to hear she was still active with the schools three years ago when I met with some of my teacher friends in Grand Junction. She was a wonderful role model. I just wish she knew how much I admired her.
Christine Silengo

Kelsey Carpenter

March 19, 2020

Mrs. Dee Crane was the most remarkable educator with a heart full of gold. She was the best principal who treated each kid individually with a sense of purpose and care. She knew each student had potential and wanted us to succeed. I can’t imagine a better principal and educator. No one will ever live up to the persona of the wonderful woman she was. She was a poised, fun, intelligent and true friend. The world has lost a bright light but she will forever be one of our biggest and brightest stars at night. We love you Mrs. Crane. Thank you for everything you did for me!!

Donna Miller’s

March 19, 2020

Bob and Dee were friends for many years
Jerry and Bev were her TRUE caretakers for the past MANY years!!!!!!
Jerry worked and took care of the property,working tirelessly for Dees benefit plus taking care of the animals while Bev was a friend to Dee and looked after her BEST interests.
Rest In Peace Dee
Only you know the true friendships that existed

Kathy Drogos

March 19, 2020

Dee Crane was a first grade teacher at Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School when I attended first grade. She was an excellent teacher. As I progressed through school, I chose to become an educator because of her! I did my practice principalship under her direction and became a successful principal of Appleton Elementary School. Our friendship was unending. I loved her so much!
Respectfully,
Kathy Drogos

Carole Fraser

March 19, 2020

Dee was principle at Taylor elementary when my children attended school there. It always amazed me that each and every year she knew the names of ALL the students. She was amazing!

Crystal Russell

March 19, 2020

Mrs Crane! What an incredible woman. The very first day I started Taylor in the 2nd grade she knew my name and I had never met her. I loved her cow office. She was warm and inviting, a person I havent forgotten since I was at Taylor over 20 years ago.

JAN Ramer

March 19, 2020

Mrs Crane was the principal at TAYLOR when my my daughter Sherry started in kindergarten in 1983 and Katie started in ‘92 followed by many foster kids thru 2006. She was at every program held at Taylor. She knew every kid in school and parents. She was wonderful. Taylor Was a great school with her leadership. I cannot say enough things about all the things she did to help all my kids!!!

FROM THE FAMILY