Lloyd James Funeral Home & Cathedral In The Pines Memorial Garden
1011 East First Street, Tyler, TX
Mary L. Creech
March 2, 1939 – March 22, 2020
On Sunday, March 22, three weeks after her birthday on March 2, our Mom and Grandmother went to be with the Lord. She was just barely 81 years old. (She would argue her whole life that her birthday was on March 3 because, according to her mother, the drunk doctor that delivered her wrote it down wrong). She graduated from Tyler High, and then went on to graduate from Federal Business Institute with a certificate in Complete Business Administration. She alternated being a stay-at-home mom and housewife with work at most of the big retail stores: JC Penney, Sears, Foley’s (Macy’s), and Montgomery Wards.
Mary was a great painter. She was also a great motivator, regularly using the terms ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ and ‘someone’s always got it worse than you’. She went through a time of making old fashioned sock monkeys, and gifted most people she knew with one that reflected some aspect of their personality. She loved George Jones’ music and could sing every one of his songs (and often did). She was happiest when she was home, but she loved to be visited there by friends and family.
Mary was preceded in death by the love of her life, Dewey Creech (in 2001). She was also proceeded in death by her father and mother, Walter S. and Ruby Adams; her brother, W.T. Adams; and 2 sisters, Dixie Adams Lofton and Bobby Adams Petry.
Mary is survived by her beloved family, children: daughter, Carla Creech Alexander, son, Scott Creech and his spouse Kristi Pitts Creech; grandchildren Jennifer Risinger, Brandon Creech, Ransom Alexander, Rio Alexander Peterson and spouse, J.T. Peterson. She is survived by two precious great-grandchildren, Reese Risinger and Ryleigh Peterson. She is survived by two sisters, Peggy Adams Malone and Shelia Adams Gage and her husband Joe Bill Gage. She has a dozen dear nephews and nieces. She is also survived by dear friend and neighbor Betty Webb.
Due to the restrictions caused by the global pandemic, Mary’s services will be held on March 26 at 11 AM, graveside, with only immediate family attending. Visitation will be come and go at Whitehouse Cemetery (Memory Ln) prior to the service, from 10 AM to 10:45 AM, with no more than 10 people at a time in adherence to the mandates. Please drop by if you feel so inclined.
We would not have made it as successfully through the last year without the amazing assistance of Hospice of East Texas, particularly Misty Hawkins and Joyce. If you are moved to do so, please make a donation to them in Mary’s memory at hospiceofeasttexas.org.
- Visitation Thursday, March 26, 2020
- Graveside Service Thursday, March 26, 2020
Mary L. Creech
March 26, 2020
So sorry for your loss.
Prayers of comfort for the family.
WL& Janet Banks
March 26, 2020
I was so saddened to read about the passing of your Mom. Your Mom and Dad were always so kind to me and always made me feel as though I was family. I always knew anytime that I was around them, that there would be sweet greetings and hugs. Please find comfort in the fact that your parents are reunited forever. There's no more pain, tears, or sorrow. We will be thinking and praying for you and your family in the difficult days ahead. Hold on to the many precious memories of your parents. My Dad passed away 2 years ago and not a day goes by that Nathan and I don't share a laugh or memory of him.
Our deepest sympathy,
Nathan & Renee Parker