Nellie May Oregonia Rowe Creel, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, in Medford, Ore., surrounded by family. She was born April 16, 1919, in Salem, Ore., to Ira Lewis and Nellie Celia McCord Rowe. She was a 1938 graduate of Dufur High School in Dufur, Ore. On Nov. 1, 1938, she married Paul John Creel. They recently celebrated their 70th Anniversary. Nellie was an active member of the Christian Church of Ashland for 57 years, the quilting club "Piece Corps", and Mended Hearts of Southern Oregon. She led 4H groups, Campfire Girls, and taught Sunday school. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, and gardening. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, camping, picnics, and special celebrations.
She is survived by her husband, Paul; and two daughters, Colleen Ferns, of Prospect, Ore., and Paulette Hendrickson, of Medford, Ore.; son, Dennis Creel, of Salem; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Ira, Ivan, Frank and Donald.
A graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Turner Memorial Home in Turner, Oregon or charity of your choice.