Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 22, 2013

Ardis E. Cran Died Feb. 19, 2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — MANCELONA — Ardis E. Cran, 89, of Mancelona, went home to be with the Lord Feb. 19, 2013, at Cherry Hill Haven of Kalkaska. Ardis was born Sept. 14, 1923, in Mancelona, the daughter of Elmer and Signa Johnson.

Ardis was a lifelong Nazarene and currently a member of Kalkaska Church of the Nazarene.

Ardis took great pride and was well known for her immaculate home. She was a good artist and many of her paintings still grace the walls of the family home.

She is survived by four children, James (Sherry) Bailey, of Mancelona, Gala (Sam) Eppstein, of Breckenridge, Colo., Elizabeth (Butch) Bartz, of Clam River, and Brenda (Boe) Freeburn, of Lakewood, Colo.; siblings, Lyle Johnson, of Traverse City, Milly (Mark) Fiedler, of Mancelona, and Anne (Jim) Fiedler, of Charlevoix; sister-in-law, Mavis Johnson, of Bellaire; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce; siblings, Eleanor Fleet, Ward Johnson and Betty McClintock. Her first husband, Lt. Louis James Bailey, was lost in the South Pacific during World War II.

Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. No services are planned at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kalkaska Church of the Nazarene, 1367 W. Kalkaska Road, Kalkaska, MI 49646.

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The Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes is handling the arrangements.