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Niana Staley Crane
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Birth: Jan. 5, 1909
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1994
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

Niana Staley Crane, 85, of Montecito, Calif., formerly of Springfield, died Sunday in San Diego, Calif., following a long illness.

She was born Jan. 5, 1909, in Springfield, the daughter of Edward Everett and Elsie Converse Staley. She married Van Courtney Crane in 1935 in Springfield.

Mrs. Crane had been a society columnist for The State Journal-Register and was known for a breezy style in her reporting of various community and social events. Her column, "Crosstown by Roxanne," ran regularly in this paper during the 1950s and 1960s. As a travel columnist, she often filed her copy from points as far away as Egypt, Africa and Europe and Asia. She later briefly wrote a column for the Springfield Sun under the heading "Sunspots by Sylvia."

She attended Briarcliff College and was an active community leader. She was a founder and later president of the Junior League, president of the PTA and a support member of the Springfield Art Association. She was also a volunteer with the Springfield Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Surviving are two sons, Edward Staley Crane of Tarzana, Calif., and Van Courtney Crane Jr. of Escondido, Calif.; daughter, Cynthia Williams of Goleta, Calif.; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in Santa Barbara, Calif.

State Journal-Register(Springfield, IL) - April 13, 1994
Family links: 
  Edward Everett Staley (1871 - 1943)
  Elsie Converse Staley (1876 - 1962)
  Van Courtney Crane (1909 - 1975)
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 31
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Record added: Feb 19, 2009
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Niana <i>Staley</i> Crane
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Niana <i>Staley</i> Crane
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