Betty Ann Creel

October 13, 1943July 1, 2019

Betty Ann Creel (née Crowell) passed peacefully at Kindred Hospital on July 1, 2019 in Spring, TX at the age of 75.

Betty is survived by her husband, Leo H. Creel, Spring, TX, children: Elizabeth M. Creel-Olivera and Alfredo Olivera de la Vega, Spring, TX, Michael A. Creel, Pearland, TX, and William L. Creel and Janet Jesel-Creel, Spring, TX.

Siblings: John M. Crowell Ft. Worth, TX, Mark F. Crowell and Suzon Crowell, Van Alstyne, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents; Albert F. Crowell and Zell Marie Crowell née Segler, Garland, TX, siblings: Albert William Crowell and Davee Reed Crowell, Nederland, TX.

Grandchildren: Anthony J. Jesel, Spring, TX., Joaquin A. Olivera de la Vega, Spring, TX., Mary E. Olivera de la Vega, Spring, TX., Alejandro F. Olivera de la Vega, Spring, TX., and William G. Creel, Spring, TX.

Nieces and Nephews: Darren Creel and family, Beaumont, TX, Randall A. Creel II and family, Beaumont, TX., William A. Crowell and family, Baytown, TX., Jason P. Crowell and family, Nederland, TX., Kathrine Pior née Crowell and husband, Fort Worth, TX., Samantha Bailey née Crowell and husband, River Oaks, TX., Zell Crowell, Wyatt Crowell, Quinncy Crowell, Van Alstyne, TX. Betty was born on October 13, 1943 in Cameron, Milam Co. TX to Albert F. Crowell and Zell Marie Crowell nee Segler. Betty grew up mainly in Beaumont, TX. She graduated from South Park High School and Lamar University with a master’s degree in Education. She married Leo H. Creel, her high school sweetheart on June 15, 1968 in Jefferson, TX.

After moving to Houston, TX from Beaumont, TX., Betty began working for Aldine, ISD as a teacher at Aldine Middle School. She later retired from Aldine Senior High School after 32 years of dedication to the district and its students. The couple welcomed 3 children into their home and Betty set about teaching and raising them along with her husband. Her children remember her as a patient mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals and to never let a disability to define them. She was the ultimate activities mom and encouraged her children to try different activities i.e.; ballet, football, baseball, fishing, camping, scouting, and so on. She was also “the neighborhood mom” and often made enough food to feed an army. Many of her children’s’ friends were adopted by Betty and she would feed and take care of them as if they were her own.

Betty was very good with animals and loved them tremendously. She had a passion to read and instilled this in her family. She was generous, witty, and a dedicated individual who loved teaching History along with other humanities classes. Betty was extremely passionate about educating students. She was an active and dedicated member of the Beta Sigma Phi, Laureate Epsilon Omicon Chapter and often volunteered for many different organizations.

A memorial is scheduled for July 13, 2019 at Cypress Trails United Methodist Church, 22801 Aldine Westfield RD., Spring, TX 77373 with a reception to follow at Cypress Trails United Methodist Church shortly after. Rev. Luis E. Ramirez will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Betty’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation at 346-212-2310 or by email or

Or to the, Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America 2225 N Loop West Houston Texas 77008-1311

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Cypress Trails United Methodist Church, Aldine ISD, Calvary Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery.

Betty Ann Creel, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and teacher… You will be missed! “Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s acting even though you are afraid"


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Debra Brown

July 10, 2019

Betty and I go way back to the early 1980s as two of the Founding Mothers of Aldine ISD’s proud History Fair traditions. I remember the early days when we didn’t know where we were going or how we were going to get there. Seedy neighborhoods in DC, horrible hotels, getting lost in the infamous 14th Street Ref Light District. Through it all, I remember her wry sense of humor, her dedication and her hard work. She was always a defender of geography and the social studies in general. I’m grateful I got to know her and will always remember the laughs and good times we had.

Regina Centamore

July 8, 2019

Mom Creel, you will be truly missed. May you rest in eternal peace. I remember our many talks growing up even our most resent one on one. You were truly a blessing in my life and provided a 2nd home which was really my main home, provided love and comfort to me when turmoil existed. Such love, compassion, wisdom, humor and let's not forget the lectures. I love you and will miss you and our talks but I know I will see you again one day. Rest well. Gina