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OBITUARY: Dixie Lee (King) Crane

May 8, 1948 – Nov. 6, 2019


November 14, 2019 | View PDF

Dixie Lee (King) Crane

Dixie Lee (King) Crane was born on May 8, 1948, to Mary Katherine and Wilson King. She was born in Bakersfield and raised in Shafter where she lived until her death on Nov. 6, 2019.

Dixie was married to James Vaughn Crane on April 11, 1969. Dixie and Vaughn went on to raise four children, and took in and cared for many others along the way. They never turned away a soul in need, as their home was a safe haven for countless people.

Dixie's life was filled with a passion for serving others in and around the community. She told her family on regular basis that helping people and serving others was the truth to life on this earth. She will forever be known for her time at A&W and Foster Freeze, and delivering the newspaper. She was also a full-time housekeeper for most of her life, working for countless people in the community.

Most recently Dixie worked at the Shafter Depot Museum as a docent. She was a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where she spent most of her adult life in various roles, teaching the youth her principles of caring for others and her love of our Lord.

She spent the later years of her life toting her grandchildren around the countryside. She could be frequently seen with them at functions all over town.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Vaughn, and daughter Tammy Crane, as well as all her siblings. She leaves behind son Blue Crane with children Darrock and Allistir; daughter Mattie Lemmons with husband James. granddaughters Kenna and Erin; son Evion Crane with wife Amber and children Eli, Justin and Riley. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A graveside service will be on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Shafter Cemetery at 10 a.m.


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