Magazine article Workforce Management

Merrilee Crain: (1942-2012)

Magazine article Workforce Management

Merrilee Crain: (1942-2012)

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Merrilee Patterson Crain, secretary and board member of Crain Communications Inc., Workforce's parent company, and wife of Crain President Rance Crain died Nov. 2. She was 69.

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, both of which are located in Chicago.

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

A woman of many talents and interests, she helped design the Crains' Bermuda-style house in Windermere, Florida, 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. …

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