Margaret Louise Copeland Crane

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Margaret Louise Copeland Crane

December 07, 1923 - August 11, 2018

Margaret Louise Copeland Crane Margaret Louise Crane was born December 7, 1923, to Roy Jennings Copeland and Ella Frances Mink Copeland. She passed peacefully from her earthly life to eternal life on Saturday, August 11, 2018.
Margaret grew up in Baxter Springs, Kan., and attended Baxter Springs schools, graduating from Baxter High School in 1941. She did substitute teaching in a rural school several times during her senior year, which promoted her interest in teaching. She attended Pittsburg State University and then taught one year at Mount Hope School, near Baxter Springs.
To further her education, she attended college in 1944 at the University of Arkansas. In November of that year she enlisted in the medical corps of the U.S. Army, and served in Army hospitals for two years.
After the war, she met and married Earl Edward Crane. They attended college together at Kansas State University. She was never able to complete her teaching degree, as one of several auto immune diseases plagued her throughout her time in Manhattan. They lived briefly in Riverton Kan. and then bought a home in Lowell Kan., in 1952. She lived in that home until her death.
Survivors include three children, Janet Underwood (husband Don), Duane Crane (wife Teresa), and Dale Crane (wife Cathy). She adored her six grandchildren, Darin Baldwin, Erin Langewisch, Robbie Crane, Robyn Olsen, Justin Crane and Jenny Crane. The adoration multiplied to her 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Earl Crane; her parents, Roy and Ella Copeland; and a beloved brother, Harold Copeland.
Margaret was a homemaker and a perfect mother. We were so lucky to have had her, waiting for us after school each day with snacks and excitement at what we had experienced. She instilled the love of classical music in her children and the children instilled the love of rock and roll in her. Each day after school, there could be piano, accordion, drums, flute or numerous other instruments being played in the living room.
Margaret was a member of the Lowell Friends Church for over 70 years. Over the years, she taught numerous classes in Sunday school, Bible school, and Christian Endeavor. She was also a memorable den mother for the Cub Scouts for several years.
Margaret was born with a deep love of animals especially cats. At age four, she found and carried home a homeless kitten which became a lifelong addiction. She rescued and cared for numerous animals over the years, including cats, birds, dogs, and even a couple Shetland ponies. At the age of 90 she adopted a stray that eventually became her closest companion until her death. She was a lifetime member of the Southeast Kansas Humane Society.
She was an environmental activist long before it was politically correct. As a survivor of the Depression, she realized the importance of taking care of things, and recycling things in the seemingly "throw away world".
She loved books, she loved to read. Her favorite place during her childhood was the Johnston Public Library, in Baxter Springs. In later life, she became interested in stories of the Old West. She and Earl collected all of Louis L'Amour's books. She read them over and over until near blindness took away her joy of reading.
She loved poetry and wrote many of her own. If you were lucky enough to receive a handwritten poem over the years in the most exquisite penmanship, you probably still cherish it.
The physical limitations of her last days were disappointing to her. Not being able to see or hear well enough left her in a silent, sometimes lonely world where even simple conversation was difficult. She never complained but would always revert back to the old saying, "such is life". She met each difficulty with grace and dignity and even scripted her own peaceful passing. She had always hoped she could go to sleep in her own bed in her beloved home of 70 years, and then wake up in heaven. She received her wish and we know she is rejoicing in her heavenly home with family and friends who have gone before. She slipped peacefully and with great dignity from this world into the arms of the Lord. We can only imagine what her eyes saw before her.
In light of her love of animals and her love of books, we respectfully ask that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Southeast Kansas Humane Society or the Johnston Public Library, in Baxter Springs, in her name.
Visitation with the family will be at the Lowell Friends Church, in Lowell, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August, 18, with funeral services beginning at 2 p.m. It will be a celebration of an extraordinary life including her favorite music and poetry performed by her favorite people. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, near Galena, Kan., immediately following the funeral service. She was very proud of her service in World War II and requested that she have full military rites at the graveside.
Published on August 14, 2018
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