Board member Merrilee Crain dead at 69

Published: November 5, 2012 6:00 am ET

DETROIT (Nov. 5, 12:05 p.m. ET) — Merrilee Patterson Crain, secretary and board member of Crain Communications and wife of Crain President Rance Crain, died Nov. 2. She would have turned 70 on Nov. 27.

Plastics News is part of Crain Communications.

Mrs. Crain was active in charitable, business and family activities. She started the Gourmet Gala for the March of Dimes in Chicago and was a board member of the Hubbard Street Dance Company and the Goodman Theatre. She also ran the benefit and auction for the Lake Forest Symphony, and she served on the board of The Orlando Museum of Art.

One of her proudest accomplishments was to author a self-published book on her family history as it flowed through the Patterson cottage in Craigville, Mass. Her father's parents bought the cottage in 1919 for $4,025.

A woman of many talents and interests, she helped design the Crain’s Bermuda-style house in Windermere, Fla., and the office building for The Turnstile Media Group, her husband’s company in Orlando where she served on the board. Mrs. Crain was a talented artist and among other works painted the cover for her book, The Cottage. She also wrote poetry.

Merrilee Crain was born in Providence, R.I. She grew up in Winnetka, Ill., where she graduated from New Trier High School in 1960. After attending the University of Illinois, she graduated from The Katherine Gibbs School in Boston and worked in the engineering Department of IBM in Evanston, Ill.

Mrs. Crain met her husband, Rance, in 1965 on a blind date arranged by Rance’s brother, Keith. They were married eight months later. The couples raised their two daughters, Heather and Cindi, in Lake Forest, Ill., and now have six grandchildren. They split their time between Windermere, Fla., and Centerville, Mass.

“Merrilee was an extraordinary woman. It’s very rare that a person combines creativity and intuition with a practical side but Merrilee did. She came up with elegant solutions to problems that eluded the rest of us, and people gravitated to her for advice and counsel. We will miss her love, her pixyish sense of humor, her generosity and her invincible can-do spirit,” her husband said.

She is survived by her husband, her mother Frances (who turned 100 in July), her brother Pat, her daughters Heather and Cindi, and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Nov. 12, in Craigville, Mass., where her family has owned a cottage since 1919.


Comments

Board member Merrilee Crain dead at 69

Published: November 5, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events