King Ferry


Ollene L. Crandall of Atwater Rd., King Ferry, passed away at her home on Friday, August 7, 2009, at the age of 94.


Born April 5, 1915 in Waverly, NY, she was a daughter of James G. and Saloma M. (Baird) Cary.  Ollene was born and grew up in Waverly.  She married James L. Crandall of Horseheads, NY.  They established their first home in Pine Valley, then bought a small farm in Moreland near Watkins Glen.  Jim’s work with the Glass Bottle Blowers union started at Thatcher Glass in Elmira.  With each promotion came a transfer, first to Columbus, OH then to Philadelphia and finally to San Francisco, CA.  They enjoyed raising their five children and were blessed with many happy years of marriage before Jim passed away in 1969.  Ollene then moved to King Ferry, NY, where she has since been a resident.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in King Ferry, Groton Assembly of God and most recently of Faith Assembly of God in Aurora.


Adamant about her independence, she maintained her own home until her final day.   A petite lady with a twinkle in her eye and a wonderful sense of style, she gave herself unselfishly to her family and offered continuous love and guidance that will be dearly missed.  As best said by her first grandson Rich Welch, “She had the tiniest feet, but leaves the largest shoes to fill.”


In addition to her parents and husband, Ollene was preceded in death by her daughter, Sally Crandall (Richard) Welch, her brother James Ellsworth Cary, and her sisters, Doris Sweazey and Esther Frandell.


Ollene is survived by her sons; Gerald (Phyllis) Crandall of  Columbus, OH, James (Cu) Crandall III of Sarasota, FL, Jeffrey (Janet) Crandall of Seattle, WA, and Stephen (Sheryl) Crandall of Sackets Harbor, NY;  12 grandchildren including Rich Welch (Doris) of Groton, Pamela (Rodney) Parlett of King Ferry, Patricia (Robert) Bancroft of Ledyard, Amy (Mike) Yeazel of Cincinnati; Timothy (Lauren) Crandall of Minneapolis, Anthony (Angela) Crandall of Gahanna, OH; James (Phyllis) Crandall of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, Julie (Stacey) Smith of Vancouver, WA; Jonathan (Bectoria) Crandall of Avon Lake, OH; Nathan (Jessica) Crandall of Parker, CO, Alicia (Brian) Lowes of Dayton, OH, and Justin Crandall of Sackets Harbor, NY.  The joy of her later years was her 28 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to World Vision, PO Box 78481 Tacoma, WA 98481; or her church, Faith Assembly, 1286 Poplar Ridge Rd, Aurora, NY 13026.


Family will be present to receive friends on Friday, August 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Rd., Lansing, NY.

A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Don DeMars, will begin at 11:00 on Saturday, August 22 at Lansing Methodist Church, Route 34B, with reception to follow.  Committal will follow at West Genoa Cemetery in King Ferry.