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Mary F. Gilliland Crane
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Birth: Jul. 8, 1887
Death: May 6, 1924
Monroe County
Indiana, USA

d/o Robert and Mary Ellen (Swafford) Gilliland

w/o (2nd) of Thomas Franklin Crane

m/o Martha Ellen Crane, Helen Ruby Crane, Georgianna Crane, Grace Lucille Crane, Dorothy Crane, Johnny Leon Crane (twin to Mary Leona), Mary Leona Crane(twin to Johnny Leon), Mildred Louise (goes by Louise) Crane, and Robert Lee Crane
As the infant, Robert Lee Crane, survived his mother, she actually left 7 biological children rather than 6 as noted in the obit. Thomas Franklin Crane, was 52 years old when she died and he never remarried. He raised 6 of these children by himself. Robert Lee was given to a couple who couldn't have children, as he was sickly and needed medical care which the family couldn't afford. He was not legally adopted and did stay in touch with the family. Louise continued to live at home and care for her father until he died in 1948 of stomach cancer, she was 27 years old at the time of his death. She stated that he said he never remarried because he was afraid he wouldn't be able to find someone who would be good to his children".

Robert Lee Crane married Ann Stewart of Monroe Co. They moved to Los Cruces, New Mexico and raised 2 daughters, Julie and Janice. He died in 1991 in NM.
CRANE, (Mrs.) Mary F.
The wife of Thomas F. Crane. Died Tues., May 6, 1924. Age 37. Leaves a husband and six children. Burial at Payne Cemetery.
Bloomington Daily Telephone, May 7, 1924. Newspaper Archives, I.U. Library.
Note: Mrs. Crane's first name, Mary F., was not mentioned in her death notice. First name was taken from Payne Cemetery tombstone inscription: Mary F. Crane, b. July 8, 1887, d. May 6, 1924. Buried beside her is her husband, Thomas F. Crane, b. May 9, 1872, d. Aug. 1, 1948.
Early Death Records Database, CRANE, Mary Florence / Date: 6 May 1924 / Age: 36 / Book/Page/Record: (Blank) / County: Monroe / State: IN / Cemetery: Payne / More Info: (Blank) 
Family links: 
  Robert Farrell Gilliland (1849 - 1916)
  Mary Ellen Swafford Gilliland (1854 - 1932)
  Thomas Franklin Crane (1872 - 1948)
  Mildred Louise Crane Moore (1921 - 2012)*
  William E. Gilliland (1885 - 1963)*
  Mary F. Gilliland Crane (1887 - 1924)
*Calculated relationship
Payne Cemetery
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
Created by: genealogyfever
Record added: Sep 14, 2010
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Mary F. <i>Gilliland</i> Crane
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Mary F. <i>Gilliland</i> Crane
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Much love to my grandparents, Mary Florence Gilliland Crane and Thomas Franklin Crane. I wish I could have known you, what a wonderful thing it could have been. I also wish you had left me some type of clue as to Martha J. Anderson's parents' names, it be...(Read more)
- Judy (Moore) Hill
 Added: Oct. 18, 2013

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