Born Dec. 10, 1924 in Daviess County, she was the daughter of Arnold and May (Pershing) Kelsey. She first married John Crane on October 12, 1942 and he preceded her in death on June 23, 1967. She later married Auddie Arthur on Aug. 3, 1968 and he preceded her in death on May 12, 2006.
She worked at Travelers Corp. in Orleans for 10 years. She attended the East Oolitic Community Church. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter 801 and Euchre Club. She donated to a different charity each month, always putting everyone else first. Her hobbies were quilting, yard sales, game shows, country and gospel music, an avid euchre player. Her greatest enjoyment was being with family and friends. She never met anyone she didn't like or anyone that didn't love her. She was Mom to a lot of people, but to her children, Our Mother, Our Angel always watching over us all.
Survivors include four sons, John Crane and wife, Jo of Mitchell, Billy Crane and wife, Linda of Orleans, Randall Crane and wife, Debbie of Linton and Steve Crane and wife, Bonnie of New Orleans; one daughter, Brenda Silvers of Medora; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, two sons, Leland and Jerry Crane; two daughters, Wanda and Nancy Crane; four brothers, Russell, Calvin, Dennis and Claude and two sisters, Fern Nicholson and Alice Bland; one son-in-law, Jack Silvers.
Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 19th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford with Millard Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Springville West Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Nellie at www.daycarter.com.