Nancy Wynne Crane, 74, born January 22, 1944. Nancy left us far too soon in the early morning hours of June 24th in the presence of her beloved partner.
She was born in Chicago to Benjamin & Helene Crane and was the older sister to Marsha. They all preceded her in death.
Nancy was fortunate and grateful to share nearly three decades with the love of her life, Cathy Nurmela. She would greet Cathy each morning with a steaming cup of coffee and a throaty, slightly off key, rendition of "You are My Sunshine"—-singing each time as it were the first.
Nancy, the consummate "city girl", grew to love her time and life in the bucolic Harbor Country area of Southwest Michigan. It was there that she and Cathy planned to spend the next chapter of their lives surrounded by their devoted and close knit circle of friends.
Nancy was a quiet, but keen observer of the world & those around her. She always had the scoop on what was occurring with businesses in her Andersonville/Edgewater neighborhood…who was moving in and who was moving out. She had a near encyclopedic knowledge of what was NOT TO BE missed on NetFlix and "advised" friends on what they absolutely MUST watch. Her acerbic wit carried with it a profound and unvarnished wisdom. She was grace personified.
She was the proprietor of Wynn Corey Florist on Oak Street and Clark Street in Chicago for many years. In later years, she worked in sales. Since retiring in 2013, she became the devoted "PERSON" to her equally devoted Havanese, Hannah.
Nancy is survived by her partner in life and all things great and small, Catherine ( Cathy ) Nurmela; And the Nurmela family who joyfully embraced her as one of their own; Many nieces and nephews, especially Erica Nurmela with whom she had a special bond; Amit Sahrawat; Many great nieces and nephews, especially Meera & Devin Sahrawat; Cousin Neil Spinner[; and countless friends.
"The other night dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms; but when I woke dear, I was mistaken so I hang my head and cry. You'll never know dear how much I love you, please don't take my sunshine away….."
Memorial gathering Sunday, July 22, 4pm ( service begins 4:30 ) at Unity in Chicago Church, 1925 W. Thome Ave, Chicago, IL 60660.
Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or www.cremation-society.com .