PALM BEACH, FLA. – Mary Stair (Stairy) Crane died peacefully in hospice at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 19, 1930, in York, Pa., to Frederick and Mary Stair Dempwolf.
She graduated from St. Timothy’s School in Maryland and attended Bryn Mawr College. Ever the optimist, she was married four times. She had four children, Mary Stair Andrews, Schofield Andrews III, Lilian F. B. Andrews and Laurence F. B. Andrews with her first husband, Schofield Andrews Jr., and one child, Matthew Baird II, with her second husband, Charles H. Baird. She was subsequently married to A. Sydney Roberts, and later to William Crane. During her childhood and marriage to her first husband, Stairy summered in Northeast Harbor. From 1965, Stairy lived in Palm Beach in the winter and Watch Hill, Wakefield, R.I., and later Westport, Mass., in the summer. For the past five years, she lived in the Noreen McKeen towers in West Palm Beach.
Stairy was possessed of an inquiring mind, a great sense of humor, keen wit and humility. She enjoyed playing tennis, cruising, traveling, knitting, needle-pointing, reading, bridge and playing with her dogs. An avid gardener, she served for many years on the board of the Garden Club of Palm Beach. Stairy co-chaired the Garden Club of America annual meeting in Palm Beach in 1989.
She was a longtime member of the Society of the Four Arts, belonged to the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea and served on the board of the Colonial Dames, chapter XVII. She also enjoyed working for Opportunity Inc. and reading to children there. Stairy was a member of the Bath and Tennis Club in Palm Beach and the Chilton Club in Boston.
She is survived by her five children and 10 grandchildren, as well as her sister, Helen Goodhue, of West Palm Beach. Burial will be private and, at Stairy’s request, there will be no funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Garden Club of Palm Beach, 2 4 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480 or to the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.