Stephenie (Stevie) Dilworth Crane


Color Photo-2Stephenie (Stevie) Dilworth Crane, a long time Bellevue resident, ended her courageous battle with cancer on April 6, 2013.

Stevie was born in 1935 in Pittsburgh, PA to Harrison and Margaret Dilworth.  She spent her early years in Pittsburgh, moving with her family to St. Paul, MN where she graduated from Convent of the Visitation School in 1953.  She earned a degree in chemistry from Smith College in 1957.  While at Smith she met her future husband, Charles Crane. 

Charlie and Stevie began their married life in San Francisco, and moved to Newport Hills in 1962 where they raised their four children.   Stevie will be remembered as a loyal friend, enthusiastic volunteer and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She will also be missed by long time friends from her bridge and tennis groups.  She gave generously of her time and talent to many organizations, including St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic Church, the Bellevue public schools, and her beloved Smith College.  Stevie never missed a soccer game, swimming meet, dance recital or band concert for her children or grandchildren.   

Stevie was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Harrison and Everett Dilworth.  She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Charlie, her children, Susan (Bob), Charlie (Kathi) , Debbie (Bert) and Betsy (Jim), and her five grandchildren.  Memorial mass will be celebrated   Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11 am, at St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic Church, 4400 – 130th Place SE, Bellevue.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice.

13 Responses to “Stephenie (Stevie) Dilworth Crane”

  • Jack strong says:

    Charlie and Family:

    Wishing you peace to comfort you, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in you hearts.
    With my love and deepest sympathy over the loss of you beautiful Stevie.

    Jack Strong

  • Jerry and Judy Hagel says:

    Betsy, we are so sad for the lost of your precious mother. I am so sorry I never got to meet her but knowing you, she had to be a great mother and grandmother. God needed another rose for his garden so he picked her. Our thoughts are with you and your family thru this very trying time. God Bless you all.

  • Ellen Seibert says:

    We will miss your sunny face,Stevie, and tireless efforts on behalf of Smith College, the place where we first met. Please send my condolences to Charlie and your family.

  • Mrs. Pat King says:

    It is such a challenge to say good-bye like this. Stevie was a unique personality with such devotion to family and friends, her faith, her community and her myriad of activities…and her home. The Crane home has such a long history with children growing up, all the activities surrounding family life, and then later the grandchildren, old old friends, (like me) to stay in touch with, share our lives, our precious families right to the very end. That will always be my fondest memory , how we shared each others history and how fun that was…..all those some 50 years , coming into Newport Hills into our shiny new homes. Big yards to care for and enjoy, gardens etc. Stevie I know you’re in a peaceful better place but it still is not easy to say good-bye to you dear friend. God bless you and God bless your adorable family.

  • Allan Johnson says:

    Charlie: I was surprised & saddened to learn of Stevies passing … she was so thought ful of so many others….she made a special effort to get to Wilma’s & Laura’s services I Know….You & she were so gracious to our families many years ago…I will always remember her as one of the really good guys!! (I’m unable to attend the Memorial but you & the family are in my prayers ]

  • Luisa Motten says:

    Stevie played such a vital role in my getting happily settled in Seattle and involved in the Smith Club. She connected all the young people with the older wiser women of the club. She served as my mentor as I took on volunteer roles at Smith. She knew everyone and was great at making sure things happened. My thoughts are with the family, please know she touched many of us very deeply. Thank you for sharing her with us all these years/

  • Carrie Stewart says:

    To Stevie’s family: I’m so saddened to hear if Stevie’s passing. I had the privilege of serving with Stevie on the Smith Network of Alumnae Admission Committee. She was our ‘elder stateswoman’ and her enthusiasm for Smith and its prospective students was ever present. It was inspiring to see her having fun with her classmates at reunion and hearing great stories. My mother has cancer, as well, and we are always in the fight. I wish you peace at this difficult time, and in the knowledge of a life well-lived.

  • Steve & Julie Evankovich says:

    Our deepest condolences to the whole Crane family. Stevie was such a kind, giving and thoughtful woman in our family and we are truly going to miss her presence but take comfort in knowing she’s in a good place now and finally at peace.

  • Kathy & Matt Clemens says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Stevie’s passing. She was always warm and kind. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Jim Kane says:

    In knowing Charlie I can imagine what a fantastic human being Stevie must have been as a mother and a friend. You gave this world a gift of a wonderful son. Best wishes to the family in moving through her passing

  • Jere Sheldon says:

    Dear Charlie,

    Over 30 years ago, you and Stevie welcomed us to Seattle and to Marsh, inviting us into your home for a wonderful family dinner. Stevie was the model of what I have aspired to be in life. What a warm and engaging mother and wife, always encouraging and uplifting to those around her – an inspiration to strive to be gracious, kind, forward thinking, and generous in spirit. I looked to Stevie at many Marsh events as the wife and support person I think was perfect.

    We have loved your yearly Christmas letter, and will cherish your 2012 highlights especially.

    With heartfelt prayers to you and your dear children and loved ones,

    Jere (and Ray) Sheldon

  • Candy Pasion says:

    Stevie’s presence have been in so many of our lives. Her memorial at St Mad’s was filled with people whose life she and Charlie have touched or been involved within our community of Newport Hills and surrounding neighborhoods. The parking lot was filled. What a tribute for all your family to be so proud of your mom.

    Debbie, you did an excellent job in honoring your mother. She must be smiling down at you.

    Miss Paige, your gifted voice is beautiful, and the lyrics of a “Temporary Home” was meaningful and comforting. That was very brave of you to contribute in front of so many people and such a emotional time for you.

    Charlie, grieve well.

    Thank you all for touching our hearts and soul.

    Blessings, Candy Pasion

  • Libbet Richter says:

    Our wonderful cousin Stevie was one of those rare individuals who could never do enough for others. Living in Chicago, we were delighted that Stevie kept in close touch with my mother in Seattle and helped her with so many activities as she grew older. Stevie’s family dinners were a highlight of our trips to Seattle; she welcomed us warmly and made sure we were connected to other family members. Charlie, we were so pleased when you and Stevie came through Chicago. We’ll miss her lovely smile, her wonderful animated holiday cards, and most of all her loving and generous spirit.

    With heartfelt condolences, Libbet and Tobin

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