Dorothy Andrus Crane (1902-2002)

Dorothy Andrus Crane Price
Grandma Price
Born:4 Feb 1902 Congo, Ohio
Died:11 Nov 2002 Petoskey, Michigan
Father:Guy Gilman Crane
Mother:Edith Stanley Andrus
Siblings:Gladys Faith Crane
Dorothy Andrus Crane
Roderic Dwight Crane
Baby boy Crane
Elizabeth Helen Crane
Married:9 Feb 1922 Lansing, Michigan
Spouse:Donald Arthur Price
Children:Donna Joanne Price
Patricia Ellen Price
Baby girl Price
James Douglas Price
Dorothy Elaine Price

Petoskey News-Review, Thursday, 14 Nov 2002, p. A2:

Dorothy Price, 100 

Dorothy Price, 100, of Petoskey, died Nov. 11, 2002, at Sunnybank Assisted Living. She was born in Congo, Ohio, on Feb. 4, 1902, the daughter of Guy and Edith (Andrus) Crane.

Her family lived in several towns in Ohio and Illinois before moving to Michigan. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1921, and on Feb. 9, 1922, she married Donald Price in Lansing.

Dorothy and Donald also lived in Florida, and during the Great Depression, homesteaded in the mountains of Northern California. There they built and lived in a log cabin, enduring many hardships. In 1933, they moved to Bangor, Maine, and finally returned to Michigan, where they cared for Donald's great-uncle, Fred Main, Harbor Springs' last Civil War veteran. In 1941, they moved to Petoskey. There they became members of the First Presbyterian Church and its choir, where Dorothy sang for 48 years. She also was active in the Women's Association and Guild. She was a member of the Petoskey Little Theatre, appearing in "Life With Father" in 1949. She provided props for Little Traverse Civic Theatre as recently as its October production.

Her most fulfilling role was homemaker for Donald and their four children, Donna (Leslie ) Heinz and Patricia (John) Duvernay of Harbor Springs, James (Iola) Price of Bakersfield, Calif., and Dorothy (Robert) Dennis of Petoskey.

Donald preceded her in death in 1974.

She had 12 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 40 great-great-grandchildren, and was happy to hear there is a great-great-great-grandchild due in March. She also had four step-grandchildren and many step-greats- and great-greats.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church in Petoskey with the Rev. Robert Lueck officiating.


*Heinz, Donna Joanne Price. Interview, 1984.

*Price, Dorothy Andrus Crane. Autobiography

*1930 Federal Census, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, Ward 10, 3 April 1930, Sunset, La Vita Terrace #1513, Dwelling #73, Family #87:
     Price, Donald, head, rent, $50.00, male, white, 29, married, CO, Iowa, MI, Proprietor Art Shop
             , Dorothy, wife, female, white, 28, married, OH, OH, OH

*1940 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
     Price, Donald A., head, male, white, 39, married, CO
             , Dorothy, wife, female, white, 38, married, OH

*Death:  Phone call from Darby, 3:20 pm, Monday, 11 Nov 2002.

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