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Ms. Betty Ann Key (Crane)

Ms. Betty Ann Key (Crane), 72, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Atlanta, Ga. 

Betty was born in Hannibal, Mo., on Nov. 28, 1948, to mother, Georgia Ann Johnson Crane, and father, Morgan Hubert Crane. 

Ms. Betty Ann Key (Crane)

Betty has two daughters, Amanda Key, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Megan Key, Atlanta. 

She was preceded in death by her son, Jason Key. 

Survivors include Amanda and her husband, Marshall Shuster, and their children, Sargent Shuster and Maya Shuster; Megan and her husband, Omar Zaki, and their children, Kahlil Zaki and Ramsey Zaki; and siblings, Jim Crane, Joyce Bock, George Crane and Phyllis Crane. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, as well as siblings, Jeri Baker, Emmett Crane and Connie Wolf. 

Betty was ambitious and intelligent. She believed in forgiveness and second chances. She cooked meals and hand delivered them to homeless people who lived near her apartment. She volunteered at Hagar’s House. When anyone faced struggle, Betty’s first question was always, “How can I help?” 

Betty was a parishioner at Faith Lutheran in Jefferson City, Mo., and more recently at Common Table in Decatur, Ga., where a memorial service was held for her. 

Betty graduated from Palmyra High School in 1966. She earned a B.A. at Columbia College and M.A. from Lincoln University. 

Her career was in the legal system, starting at the St. Louis County Courthouse, and then many years at the Missouri Supreme Court, from which she retired. She loved working with clerks, attorneys and judges from all over the state.