Vera Everhart Crane, 91 of Fedora, SD died Monday, June 5, 2017 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday, June 9 at the First Lutheran Church in Artesian. Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Artesian. Visitation will be from 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday with a prayer service at 7:30 pm at the Artesian Community Center. Arrangements are with the Bittner Funeral chapel in Mitchell.
Vera Elizabeth Crane was born December 26, 1925 on the family farm near Fedora to Harry and Nellie (Stanfield) O’Neal. She attended the O’Neal country school until it closed and then attended Fedora School, graduating in 1944. Following high school Vera worked at JC Penney and the Mitchell Music Store. On March 11, 1946 she married George Everhart. They lived in Thomasville, NC for 2 1/2 years before moving back to a farm south of Artesian. They then moved to the O’Neal Homestead south of Fedora. Vera worked at the Larson Grocery Store in Fedora for 20 years. George died in December 2000. On December 16, 2006 she married Kenneth Crane. They resided in Jordan, MN until Kenneth’s death in April 2007 and then Vera moved back to Fedora. Vera was a member of the Fedora Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday and Vacation Bible School, a member of the Beaver Extension Club, the Prairie People Crafts Association of Armour, served as clerk for the District 28 School Board and was the Fedora News correspondent for the Miner County Pioneer and Sanborn Weekly Journal for many years.
She is survived by one son, Harry (Joyce) Everhart of Artesian, two step-sons: Don (Carrie) Crane of Luxemburg, WI, Larry Crane of MN, one sister, Nellie Faye (Norman) Pearson of Mitchell, six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by both husbands, daughter, Genice Everhart and brother, Wilbur O’Neal.