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Dr. Vivian Frances Crane

July 19, 2019
Dr. Vivian Frances Crane
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Dr. Vivian Frances Crane age 88 of Rupert, went to “be with Jesus” on July 19, 2019 at the Peyton Hospice House in Lewisburg, WV. A resident of Rupert, WV she was a graduate of Rupert High School, Concord College and The University of Virginia..

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, James Allen and Winona McClung Crane and her nephew James Hardy Crane.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law James McClung and Hilda Crane, niece, Brenda and husband Hubie Brooks and their daughter Melissa Brooks, MD and son Scott Brooks and his children Hannah and Jared and another great-niece, Stephanie and husband Wallace Kunin. She will also be remembered by numerous friends, co-workers and previous students.

Vivian held a Doctorate of Education Administration degree and was a veteran educator with teaching experience in Virginia and West Virginia Schools as well as graduate extension classes for WVU. Vivian had experience as a high school math and physical education teacher, principal and later Administrator of the Greenbrier Community College Center in Lewisburg, forerunner of the now New River Community and Technical College. She had also been involved with continuing education training for Appalachian Regional Hospital nursing department. After her retirement from the education realm, she became active with the American Red Cross in Disaster Relief work and Disaster Preparedness Training.

Vivian was an active member of the Bascom United Methodist Church in Rupert, WV, where she served as a lay speaker and in previous years was involved in various committees and areas of the United Methodist Association.

She was also active on the Board of Directors of such organizations as Shepherds Center of Greenbrier County and Committee on Aging.

Recipient of numerous education and community service awards Vivian will be remembered for her generous and encouraging nature as she loved nothing more than to give to others or to be involved in encouraging a student to reach for his/her goal. While a resident at the Seasons Place she took great pleasure in being involved with Osteopathic students as a “practice patient” helping them to develop their interview and questioning skills.

Visitation will be held at Smathers Funeral Chapel on Monday July 22, 2019 from 5 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be at the Rainelle United Methodist Church Tuesday July 23, 2019 at 1pm with Reverend Ron Gamble and Pastor Delmas Beavers officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Wallace and Wallace Mausoleum.

Vivian was truly a giver and was a generous contributor to various organizations. It was her request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the giver’s choice of church or other organization.

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5:00 PM 7/22/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/22/2019 8:00:00 PM
Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc.

675 Main Street
Rainelle, WV 25962

Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc.
675 Main Street Rainelle 25962 WV
United States





1:00 PM 7/23/2019 1:00:00 PM
Rainelle United Methodist Church

Kanawha Avenue
Rainelle, WV 25962

Rainelle United Methodist Church
Kanawha Avenue Rainelle 25962 WV
United States

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Wallace Memorail Mausoleum Final Resting Place

Rt. 60
Clintonville, WV 25967

Rt. 60 Clintonville 25967 WV
United States

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