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Lassie Edith (Crane) Buchanan

June 25, 1941 ~ December 21, 2021 (age 80) 80 Years Old


Lassie Edith Crane Buchanan, 80, passed peacefully on December 21, 2021 at her home and the Norton community. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Effie Miller Crane. The Crane family and Crane’s Riding Stables became a tradition for generations of visitors to Highlands. As the youngest girl in the family, she earned the nickname “Baby,” an endearing name that many still call her. She graduated from Highlands High School in 1959. In 1966, she married her lifelong love, Smokey Buchanan of Norton. They have one child, Carol Jane Buchanan.  Lassie worked as a housekeeper and became part of many families in Highlands. She made their house a home, serving them delicious Southern-cooked meals and caring for their children or aging parents.


As evidence of her strength, which she credited to God for providing, there was no obstacle for her when it came to providing quality compassionate care for people in need. She dedicated many years of her life caring for her mother Effie, her Aunt Lass, Aunt Pline, Aunt Blanche and Uncle Jeter. 


Lassie was a writer, a poet, a local historian and an unmatched cook and baker. In 1999, she opened her home and heart to a grandson, Micah Gregory Buchanan and she was very proud of the man he became.


Smokey was her rock, and he returned all the love she ever gave by caring for her in the home. Her health was fragile for many years since battling breast cancer and advanced heart disease. He was never far from her side, and there is nothing he wouldn’t have done to make her feel loved.


Services honoring Lassie will be held on Sunday, December 26 at 2 pm at the Yellow Mountain Baptist Church, where she was a member. Visitation will be from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Burial will be at the Norton Cemetery.


As an expression of sympathy, cook a neighbor a meal, call someone just to hear their voice and please give generously to the Glenville-Cashiers rescue squad who helped her and many in our community.


Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Buchanan family. Online condolences can be made at

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December 26, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Yellow Mountain Baptist Church, Cullowhee, NC

Funeral Service
December 26, 2021

2:00 PM
Yellow Mountain Baptist Church, Cullowhee, NC


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