Margaret H. Crain 1924-2013

NILES – Margaret Helene Crain, 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 7, 2013.

Margaret was born Oct. 15, 1924, in Louise, W.Va., the daughter of George and Mary Cone Begalla.

She attended Warren G. Harding High School, class of 1942. She was a majorette who had a passion for roller skating and dancing. Shortly thereafter, she met her husband, Ralph A. Crain, and they married on March 18, 1945.

Margaret studied cosmetology, working as a beautician for several years, and worked at Packard Electric until she began raising her family, at which time she worked at Loblaw’s.

As a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, she was a devoted Christian woman who had the exceptional ability to see the best in everyone that she met. She was revered by many as a best friend, teacher and confidant. She adored spending time with her family, gardening, cooking, reading, playing the piano and playing cards with her grandchildren. Her seven children were the center of her life.

Margaret was an incredible chef, especially when cooking the fruits of her family’s labor. Living on “The Farm,” she and her family harvested and sold crops at the Crain Farm Market for more than 40 years. She served several generations of customers who purchased and learned about fruits, vegetables and raising gardens of their own.

Margaret is survived and sadly missed by her husband, Ralph of Niles; children, Thomas (Becky) Crain of Cortland, Frederick (Susan) Crain of Liberty, Bryan Crain of Niles, Marcia (Timothy) McNelis of Columbus, Debra (Robert) Pirock of Niles and Jill (David) Sferra of Howland; a sister, Betty Keefer of Niles; a son-in-law, Anthony Frasca of Howland; grandchildren, Bobbi Lyn, Heidi, Leslie, Michele, Marisa, Shannon, Brian, Bryan, Whitney, Nelson, Andrea, Michael, Robert and Alison, as well as 11 great-grandchildren.

She was welcomed into heaven by her parents, George and Mary Cone Begalla; her siblings, Mary, Julie, Beatrice, Joseph, Michael, George, John and Annie; and her beloved daughter, Marlys Frasca.

Margaret’s family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home. Her funeral will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, where Pastor Dee Emmert will officiate. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Burial Park, Vienna.

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