Muriel E. Crane of 202 Bella Vista Dr, formerly of Trumansburg, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at the age of 89.

Born on March 30, 1921 in Nelson, New York, Muriel was the daughter of C. Albert and Belle (Catherine) Hughes. Following graduation from the Utica Free Academy in 1940, Muriel earned a BA Degree from the Albany State Teachers College in 1944, and a Masters Degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University in 1948. She taught Mathematics for 29 ˝ years at Lyons and Trumansburg Central Schools.  Muriel married her devoted husband, E. William Crane, in 1961 in Utica, and together they found great joy in their years spent in the educational field.  For 35 years Bill dedicated his teaching talents to students in Breesport, Spencerport and Trumansburg and served as the Superintendent of Schools in Lyons.  In 1972 both Muriel and Bill retired and embarked on an exciting new chapter of gardening, golfing, wintering in Florida and traveling. Their excursions took them to the Holy Land, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Austria, France, Italy, China, Africa, India, Russia, Wales, and Scotland.

Muriel was active in community endeavors through memberships in the Trumansburg Garden Club, Trumansburg Senior Citizens, and the First Baptist Church in Trumansburg, where she served on their Women’s Guild. She was also a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Assn, served as a Girl Scout Leader in Trumansburg, and was an advisor for many school activities including senior trip chaperone. In her leisure time Muriel could be found sewing, knitting, quilting, reading, researching family genealogy, and in later years, volunteering at Longview. Her most cherished and memorable times were those spent with Bill.

In addition to her parents, Muriel was preceded in death by her husband Bill on September 27, 1997; one brother, Gerald A. Hughes, and one sister, Ferne E. (Raymond) Sherwood. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family extends heartfelt appreciation to the many loving caregivers who helped Muriel continue to live in the comfort of her home.

The family will be present to receive friends from 10-11 am on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at the First Baptist Church, 4443 E. Seneca Rd, Trumansburg. Services will begin at 11:00 am on Thursday, at the church, with the Rev. Dennis Christiansen officiating. Prayers of Committal will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa.