Vera Everhart Crane


December 26, 1925 - June 5, 2017


Vera Everhart Crane, 91 of Fedora, SD died Monday, June 5, 2017 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday, June 9 at the First Lutheran Church in Artesian. Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Artesian. Visitation will be from 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday with a prayer service at 7:30 pm at the Artesian Community Center. Arrangements are with the Bittner Funeral chapel in Mitchell.

Vera Elizabeth Crane was born December 26, 1925 on the family farm near Fedora to Harry and Nellie (Stanfield) O’Neal. She attended the O’Neal country school until it closed and then attended Fedora School, graduating in 1944.  Following high school Vera worked at JC Penney and the Mitchell Music Store. On March 11, 1946 she married George Everhart. They lived in Thomasville, NC for 2 1/2 years before moving back to a farm south of Artesian. They then moved to the O’Neal Homestead south of Fedora. Vera worked at the Larson Grocery Store in Fedora for 20 years. George died in December 2000. On December 16, 2006 she married Kenneth Crane. They resided in Jordan, MN until Kenneth’s death in April 2007 and then Vera moved back to Fedora. Vera was a member of the Fedora Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday and Vacation Bible School, a member of the Beaver Extension Club, the Prairie People Crafts Association of Armour, served as clerk for the District 28 School Board and was the Fedora News correspondent for the Miner County Pioneer and Sanborn Weekly Journal for many years.

She is survived by one son, Harry (Joyce) Everhart of Artesian, two step-sons: Don (Carrie) Crane of Luxemburg, WI, Larry Crane of MN, one sister, Nellie Faye (Norman) Pearson of Mitchell, six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both husbands, daughter, Genice Everhart and brother, Wilbur O’Neal.


Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Prayer Service begins at 7:30 PM.

Artesian Community Center
Artesian, SD


Friday, June 9, 2017
2:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
410 S Main
Artesian, SD


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, SD

Posted by LaToya Johnson on June 17, 2017
I would like to express my deepest and heartfelt condolence to the family of Vera Crane. I am truly sorry for the lost that your family is feeling. Experiencing the lost of a beloved family member is one of the hardest thing that any of us can go thru. And because of that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. During this extremely difficult time, please turn to God for comfort and support. He promise to give your family the strength needed in order to endure this great lost. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) Something else that can bring your family comfort is cherishing the wonderful memories that you have of Mrs. Vera. These precious memories will console the family in the day's ahead.
Posted by Kim Nickolay-Kuper on June 7, 2017
My deepest sympathy of your loss. Vera was one of the best friends and neighbors you could possibly ever have. She was a very special person to me while growing up in Fedora, her words of wisdom, wit and guidance will always be cherished.
Posted by Devona Simonson on June 6, 2017
just read in the paper the passing of Vera, my sympathies to Harry, Joyce and their families
Posted by Jane Baity on June 6, 2017
My Aunt Vera was the best! She could write the "juiciest" letters ever - keeping us NC cousins up to date! Even in her late years, right up to this last sickness, she wrote "juicy" emails! I loved her so much. The family is in my prayers.
Posted by Priscilla Everhart on June 6, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I've shared this with Helen and Tom.
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