|Millicent Arlene Keith Crane
MILLICENT KEITH CRANE "Penny"
April 4, 1926 - December 3, 2010
A long time resident of the Washington area, Millicent
"Penny" Crane was born Millicent Arlene Keith in Chicago,
Illinois. She graduated from Central High School in Washington, DC and
earned a degree from the University of Maryland where she was a member of
the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Home Economics Honorary Society. After
graduation, she worked for the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and was
an assistant buyer at the Hecht Company in downtown Washington. After
meeting her husband Thomas Crane, she worked as an interior designer in
their furniture store, The Tropic Shop, for 30 years and designed interiors for
several of DC's prominent families and embassies. Upon retirement, she
designed souvenir scarves for their wholesale business,
T & M Designers.
As a watercolorist, Millicent was a member of the Alexandria Art League,
Fairfax Art League and the Washington Watercolor Association. Her works
were collected and shown locally and abroad, and she received numerous
awards and distinctions. Also an avid tennis player, she was a member of the
Women's Doubles tennis team at Army Navy Country Club and was a
nationally ranked Scrabble player.
Thomas Crane, her husband of forty-six years, died in 2000. She is survived
by her brother, Ross Keith, his wife, Norma and her niece, Constance Shuble;
along with her children, Stephen Charles Crane of Millersville, Maryland,
Leslie Crane Covington of Crystal Lake, Illinois and Edythe Constance Gaston
of Victoria, British Columbia; her daughter-in law, Judy Crane and her
sons-in-law, James Covington and Bill Gaston. She was also a loving
grandmother to her seven grandchildren. Lise, Connor, Vaughn, Millicent,
Laura, William and James Thomas III.
A lover of life, a woman of style and grace, devoted mother, grandmother and
friend, she will be deeply missed.
A memorial reception will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at
Alexandria Knolls, 6101 Edsall Road, Alexandria, VA from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu
of flowers, donations can be made to: Hospice Foundation of IL, 405 Lake
Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.
Published in The Washington Post on December 16, 2010