Olive Crank 1911-2013

NILES – Olive Richards Crank, 101, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital ICU.

Olive Crank was born Nov. 21, 1911, in Olive Hill, Carter County, Ky. She was the first daughter and first child of 11 to Charles Edward and Laura Gertrude BoCook Richards.

She married Thomas Crank Sr. on Dec. 24, 1926, with Tom T. Hall’s grandfather, Elijah “E.T.,” performing the wedding ceremony. Together they raised three boys and one daughter. Thomas died June 14, 1977, after sharing 53 years of marriage together.

Olive was a member of Evansville Baptist Church in Mineral Ridge. Her faith in God was an inspiration to all her family. She did many crafts throughout her life and was known by many, besides her family, as “Grandma Crank.”

Olive is survived by a son, Ronald (Marsha) Crank of Niles; son-in-law, Joseph Billey of Niles; daughter-in- law, Sandra (William) Nichols of Alliance; 10 grandchildren, Mary Lou Readshaw, Patricia (Steven) Ard, Richard Crank, Joseph (Karen) Billey, Larry (Joann) Crank, Ronald Crank, Robin Abbas, Christine Tallman, Mark (Brenda) Crank and Michelle (Craig) Tomko; 17 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild; and sisters, Bertha E. Carpenter of Niles, Alberta Ingles of Olive Hill, Ky., Betty (Harold) Bailey of Hitchens, Ky., and Aileene Thompson of Moorehead, Ky.

Olive was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Bobbie, at birth, Ralph G. and Thomas Crank Jr.; daughter, Trudy Billey; brothers, Edward, Arthur and Paul Richards; sisters, Garnet Coleman, Lillian Shorts, Jenny Carroll and, at birth, Janet; and grandsons, Michael and David.

Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lane Family Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel, with a funeral service starting at noon with the Rev. Richard Mospens officiating.

Interment will follow in Kerr Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Olive’s honor to Evansville Baptist Church or a charity of choice.

Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.

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