Elaine Lynn Crone, age 69, passed away peacefully at her home in Friend, Ore., on Friday, November 4. Elaine was born in Detroit, Mich., on May 27, 1947, to Lynn and Nancy (Newton) Gardner. She spent most of her childhood in Royal Oak, Mich., and was a 1965 graduate of Kimball High School.
After high school, she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1969. Elaine met her husband, Richard Allan Crone, there at that time. Elaine and Richard were married February 27, 1971. They spent field seasons in the 1970s at Little Port Walter, a salmon research field station in Southeast Alaska and one of the most beautiful places on earth. Later, Elaine returned to school and earned her M.B.A. degree at the University of Washington in 1982. Following graduation, she joined her husband in Sitka, Alaska, where they lived for 24 years. Elaine worked in a clerical position for the Sitka Telephone Company, which later became part of Alaska Communications Systems. After retirement in 2006, Elaine and Richard moved to the Friend, Ore., area. Elaine was very active in her church while in Sitka and that continued with the Dufur Christian Church after she moved to Friend. She also enjoyed hiking, gardening, trying new recipes, and sewing. Elaine was an intelligent, caring, and very welcoming person, dearly loved by family and friends alike. She will be missed greatly.
Elaine was preceded in death by her step-father O. J. Hoag, step-mother Mille Gardner, and her grandparents. She is survived by her husband Richard; mother Nancy Hoag of Prudenville, Mich.; father Lynn Gardner of Concord, N.C.; half-brother Grant Gardner and wife Lisa of Charlotte, N.C.; half-brother Kurt Gardner and wife Laurie of Warren, Mich.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Vicki and Robert Sallee of The Dalles, Ore.; numerous nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews; plus many very dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Dufur Christian Church, 315 NE Harrison St., on Saturday November 12 at 11 a.m. Arrangements are in care of Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home.
Sincere thanks to Celilo Cancer Center and Heart of Hospice personnel for their help and kindness during this difficult time.
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