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Helen Iva Ranes Crane, 80, of Baker City, died June 21, 2005, at Baker City.

There will be no service. She will be buried in the family plot at Lostine.

Helen was born to Fred Richard Ranes of Forest Grove and Iva Agnes Harris Ranes of Pomroy, Wash. She was raised in Wallowa County and then spent the rest of her life at Sumpter and Baker City.

She was married to Billie Jerome Crane at Weiser, Idaho, on Nov. 29, 1941. They divorced in 1950. She married Dorrel George Dotson in La Grande on Dec. 19, 1950. They divorced in 1966.

Helen worked at The Salvation Army, the Baker Cab Service and retired from St. Elizabeth Community Hospital where she worked as a housekeeper.

Helen was a good cook. She enjoyed going to the family mine on Dry Creek. She treasured her time in the outdoors, and she especially loved to fish. She enjoyed horses all of her life and she was very considerate and helpful to her friends.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Nelleta Jean Ranes in 1929; and her brother, Don Merle Ranes, who died in 1998.

Survivors include her sons, Gary Crane of Albany and Warren Crane and his wife, Betty, of Baker City; daughter, Nelleta Bailey, and her husband, Rick, of Headquarters, Idaho; granddaughters and their spouses, Coral and Mike Widman of Baker City and Amy and Rylan Cheney of Cody, Neb.; and great-grandchildren, Chelsie Zenner of Culdesac, Idaho, and Anlan, Gillian, Erin, Ry and Quinn Cheney of Cody, Neb.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 27, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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