In memory of
Cheryl Cathey Crane
In memory of
Cheryl Cathey Crane
Cheryl Cathey Crane, 71, of Madison passed away on August 4th. She was born to Frank and Virginia Cathey on October 21, 1948. As a teenager she worked shoulder to shoulder with her parents in their hardware store in south Florida. Her father taught her to always autograph her work with excellence. She earned her B.S. in Physical Education from the University of South Florida, which is where she met her husband, Mike. She believed in giving back to her community, and this influenced her in many ways, to serving on boards and committees raising awareness and supporting the need for mental health care to volunteering in the giftshop at Madison Hospital, to rescuing baby squirrels after storms and fostering local dogs in need. She passed on her sense of humor and love of learning to her two children and was very proud of the life she built with her husband by her side. Cheryl was a livewire from way back, including her youth which was partially spent with her uncle and aunt, Nathan and Ethel Royal. Her uncle Nathan, "Unk" and Cheryl, "Toot" had a special relationship throughout their entire lives. He would always make sure that he had DINGALING gum for her, which most people call DENTYNE. Even as a child, if Cheryl determined to do or not do something, that is what would occur, as in that time when she was told to clean the bathtub by Aunt Ethel. Comet cleaner might still be sprinkled on a still dirty bathtub at the Florida home! However, she loved beans and was determined enough to have those beans that she would beg to wash dishes in exchange! She loved being the only girl in the midst of her brother Frank and cousins, Richard and Michael, especially when SHE got her high heeled shoes and they lamented about none. She giggled the whole way home when they had to walk while she rode with those shoes! And of course, Cheryl would be the only bridesmaid in her cousin's wedding who wore boots or threatened to at the very least. Cheryl was never the center of attention, so much so that you had to listen carefully to fully grasp the creative, quick wit that transcended her entire life and every relationship. She brightened up every occasion with her wit and contagious laugh. As one cousin said, "she made boring family reunions bearable and so much more fun!" Her loyalty and passion for those whom she loved was often demonstrated by her frequent long trips for so many family occasions. You KNEW Cheryl would be there – it is what family does. Her interest and love for people extended to her passionate talent as a kitchen designer for Home Depot, where she would use her creativity and listening skills to change people's homes and lives. Much of this service to others occurred while in chronic back and neck pain, which was never mentioned by her. Cheryl's life continued through memories of great family and friend stories, her wit, wisdom, integrity, listening skills and courage but mostly through the love she bestowed on all that were blessed to be a part of her life. Cheryl exuded this verse which she chose to share with so many: "Above all, love each other deeply, because LOVE covers over a multitude of sins." I Peter 4:8 She is survived by her husband, of more than 50 years, Mike Arthur Crane; son, Michael Alan Crane, PhD., of New Jersey; daughter, Alison Paige Crane, of Madison; grandchildren, Matthew and Andrew; and the Royal family of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Next time you are at the supper table and have completed your grace, think of Cheryl, grab each other's hands, and repeat her tradition. After her: "giggles, giggles, giggles, happy, happy, happy, parties, parties, parties, buddies, buddies, buddies," then smile. Visitation will be at Laughlin Service Funeral Home Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. A private funeral service will be at Central Presbyterian Church.
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2320 Bob Wallace Ave SW
Huntsville, AL 35805-4725
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In memory of
Cheryl Cathey Crane
Cheryl Cathey Crane, 71, of Madison passed away on August 4th. She was born to Frank and Virginia Cathey on October 21, 1948. As a teenager she worked shoulder to shoulder with her parents in their hardware store in south Florida. Her father taught her to always autograph her work with excellence. She earned her B.S. in Physical Education from the University of South Florida, which is where she met her husband, Mike. She believed in giving back to her community, and this influenced her in many ways, to serving on boards and committees raising awareness and supporting the need for mental health care to volunteering in the giftshop at Madison Hospital, to rescuing baby squirrels after storms and fostering local dogs in need. She passed on her sense of humor and love of learning to her two children and was very proud of the life she built with her husband by her side. Cheryl was a livewire from way back, including her youth which was partially spent with her uncle and aunt, Nathan and Ethel Royal. Her uncle Nathan, "Unk" and Cheryl, "Toot" had a special relationship throughout their entire lives. He would always make sure that he had DINGALING gum for her, which most people call DENTYNE. Even as a child, if Cheryl determined to do or not do something, that is what would occur, as in that time when she was told to clean the bathtub by Aunt Ethel. Comet cleaner might still be sprinkled on a still dirty bathtub at the Florida home! However, she loved beans and was determined enough to have those beans that she would beg to wash dishes in exchange! She loved being the only girl in the midst of her brother Frank and cousins, Richard and Michael, especially when SHE got her high heeled shoes and they lamented about none. She giggled the whole way home when they had to walk while she rode with those shoes! And of course, Cheryl would be the only bridesmaid in her cousin's wedding who wore boots or threatened to at the very least. Cheryl was never the center of attention, so much so that you had to listen carefully to fully grasp the creative, quick wit that transcended her entire life and every relationship. She brightened up every occasion with her wit and contagious laugh. As one cousin said, "she made boring family reunions bearable and so much more fun!" Her loyalty and passion for those whom she loved was often demonstrated by her frequent long trips for so many family occasions. You KNEW Cheryl would be there – it is what family does. Her interest and love for people extended to her passionate talent as a kitchen designer for Home Depot, where she would use her creativity and listening skills to change people's homes and lives. Much of this service to others occurred while in chronic back and neck pain, which was never mentioned by her. Cheryl's life continued through memories of great family and friend stories, her wit, wisdom, integrity, listening skills and courage but mostly through the love she bestowed on all that were blessed to be a part of her life. Cheryl exuded this verse which she chose to share with so many: "Above all, love each other deeply, because LOVE covers over a multitude of sins." I Peter 4:8 She is survived by her husband, of more than 50 years, Mike Arthur Crane; son, Michael Alan Crane, PhD., of New Jersey; daughter, Alison Paige Crane, of Madison; grandchildren, Matthew and Andrew; and the Royal family of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Next time you are at the supper table and have completed your grace, think of Cheryl, grab each other's hands, and repeat her tradition. After her: "giggles, giggles, giggles, happy, happy, happy, parties, parties, parties, buddies, buddies, buddies," then smile. Visitation will be at Laughlin Service Funeral Home Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. A private funeral service will be at Central Presbyterian Church.
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Services Provided By
Laughlin Service Funeral Home and Crematory
2320 Bob Wallace Ave SW
Huntsville, AL 35805-4725
Past Services ╲╱
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