Vanessa Lane Ann Martin (Crafts)

Vanessa Lane Ann Martin (Crafts) passed away October 24, 2017 in Carlsbad, New Mexico after a brave battle with pancreatic and  liver cancer. Vanessa was born on April 5, 1960 to Dale and Sandra Crafts in Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended school in Ruth, Nevada and later graduated from White Pine High School. She worked in several places in Ely, but was best known for working at the Hotel Nevada as a head supervisor.

In 2007 she moved to Carlsbad and married her high school sweetheart, Kenny Martin. She enjoyed being a biker babe, riding the Harley, doing fundraisers for children, taking care of her puppies, enjoying the hot weather and taking care of her Mama. Vanessa also loved to come home to Ely and spend time with her girls and grandchildlren.

She is preceded in death by her father, Dale Crafts, nephew Kevin Crafts Junior, and both sets of grandparents.

She is survived by her husbnd, Kenny Martin, mother, Sandra Crafts, daughters; Tiana Danner, Tabitha (Matt) Danner, stepdaughter, Tara Martin, stepson, Brodie Martin, brothers; Kevin and Derek (Marie) Crafts three grandchildren and best friend, Linda Mcafee.

She was laid to rest in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

A memorial service will be held in Ely at a later date.

Please watch for a notice.

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  1. Tina Loveridge says:

    I have just read the news of Vanessa’s passing, my deepest sympathy to all her Family, she was a sweet heart. I went to high school with her, we used to go to the Hotel Nevada after school and once in a while the Bank Club and have coffee and talk (hangout) several of us Girls…she was a sweet beautiful soul. We had a lot of fun times….back in the day. I am Very Saddened to hear of her passing.

  2. Wow, this breaks my heart! We had such a great time in high school together! If you needed a laugh or a hug in your day, Vanessa would always accommodate. She had a way of making you smile regardless of whether you wanted to or not. Such a beautiful beam of light to be around. My heart goes out to all of the family, thoughts and prayers to all of you. I have my regrets of not staying in touch. Until we meet again my friend, may you rest in peace.

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