Betty Ann Dean (Crane), 85, previously of Manhattan, Kansas, then the Elwood Texas Community and recently of Provo, Utah, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to be with her husband, John Wesley Dean Jr. of Elwood.
Betty Ann was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Manhattan, Kan., to Elvin Everett Joss and Anna Catherine Schmahl. She graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. While playing at a military function close to her home and having the electricity go out and never missing a note in the ensuing darkness, she met Private John Wesley Dean Jr. and they were married at St. John’s Methodist Church on Aug. 15, 1956. Years later, after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple, where they were sealed as husband and wife for all eternity.
Their marriage was blessed with seven beautiful children: two boys and five girls. When the youngest was only a month old, Betty Ann lost her husband, John, in a tragic motorcycle accident in Madisonville, becoming a widow with seven children at the age of 44.
Betty Ann met her future husband, George Ralph Crane, after moving to Utah with her youngest three daughters, years later. They were married and made their home these past 25 years in Provo, Utah. Between their two families, they have 13 children and many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty Ann was blessed with a profound gift of music. She played piano, organ, marimba, xylophone, guitar, harpsichord, bells, chimes, accordion, and could pick up just about anything else. She blessed the lives of many congregations and denominations with her musical talents and always sought to honor God with her musical praise and deeply worshipful delivery. She taught piano and voice lessons in her music studios and would always incorporate music into her life any way she could. She stayed active with directing and playing for the choirs at church, and playing worship hymns on organ or piano for various congregations. She also arranged many beautiful songs and loved to have the family perform them. She studied piano performance under Dr. Bertram Ward of the Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, and was an especially gifted pianist and a brilliant organist.
She took great pride in the educational pursuits and musical interests of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty Ann loved a good musical, a great story, a beautiful picture, giving compliments, and even learned to like watching football.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John; her parents; her sister, Thelma; and her brothers Vincent, Maurice, and Herb. Betty Ann is survived by her children, John Wesley Dean III of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Chandra Buchanan of San Antonio, Andre Dean of Elwood; Tanya Alban of Idaho Falls, Idaho, DeAnna Larson of Apple Valley, Minn., Dora Jensen of Provo, Utah, Christy Layton of Queen Creek, Ariz.; and her husband, George Ralph Crane of Provo, UT.
The family will host a Madisonville Viewing Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9-10 a.m. at the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1205 E. Main St., around the bend from the Fire Station. Funeral services are open to everyone and will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the church.
Betty Ann will be buried beside her husband John Wesley Dean Jr. at the Allphin Cemetery in Elwood immediately following the funeral services. After the burial service all are invited to the Andre and Dianne Dean home at 5587 Malone Road, just behind Elwood Baptist Church off the OSR, for lunch and fellowship with the family. There will be more of Mom’s composed and beloved music played, sung and shared at our home if you will join us.
Betty Ann Dean (Crane), our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and dear friend has returned to Jesus to accompany and sing in the heavenly choirs above, right where she left off here on earth. Come celebrate with us her amazing life.