Lorraine I. Creager

Lorraine I. Creager, 97, of Sumner, died Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 27, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Sumner, Iowa with Hugh Mackintosh and Bill O’Brien officiating.  Interment will follow at Wilson Grove Cemetery, rural Sumner. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 26th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be given in her name to the United Methodist Church, the Hillcrest Home or Community Memorial Hospital, all in Sumner. 

Lorraine Irma, daughter of Henry and Matilda Olsen Norby, was born June 14, 1918, at Osage, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at Rock Creek Lutheran Church, rural Mitchell County. She graduated from Osage High School in 1936 and attended Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls for two years. Later in life she would attend Upper Iowa University in Fayette and complete her Bachelor’s degree. Lorraine taught school in Mingo, Iowa Falls, and Yakima, Washington before returning to Waterloo where she taught for a time prior to marriage. On October 26, 1947, she was united in marriage with Richard Creager at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Osage. The couple made their home in Sumner and Lorraine taught school in Sumner, Oelwein, and Tripoli before retiring in 1978. Lorraine was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sumner since 1947. In addition to being active in United Methodist Women, she also was a member of P.E.O., Order of the Eastern Star, the Red Hat Society, and the “1918” club. When her children were younger she was very active with 4-H. Her hobbies included, quilting, craftwork, and artwork. She and Richard enjoyed traveling around the country. Some of their more memorable trips included staying at Elderhostels and traveling to Richard’s Air Corps reunions.

She is survived by one son, Bryce (Jane) Creager of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Rebecca (Barry) Mantell of Clive, and Alicia Creager of Sumner; four grandchildren, Jared (Lindsay) Mantell , Grant Mantell, Adam (Mindy) Creager, and Nicholas (Julianne) Creager; and one great-granddaughter, Kendall Avery Mantell.

In addition to her parents and husband, Richard who died in 2010, Lorraine was preceded in death by a grandson, Kyle Mantell; one sister, Gertrude Crowell; and one brother, Harvey Norby.


Diane Troutman on December 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM said:

Lorraine was a gracious lady ... greeting all with a smile. She was our neighbor for many years..She was SPECIAL.. My sympathy to her family..and all the friends who loved her, too.
Sandy Jaschen on November 23, 2015 at 8:10 PM said:

Dave and I extend our sympathy to all of the family. I graduated with you Becky, my name was Sandy Thompson. Sorry for the loss of your Mother. No matter what age they are we always miss them when they leave us.

Dave and Sandy
Teresa and Joe on November 23, 2015 at 7:31 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Becky and Barry and family for your loss. Words just fall sort of what the heart feels at times like these.
Evelyn Burchfield on November 22, 2015 at 11:55 AM said:

I'm very sorry for your loss and pray that God will comfort you and give you His peace at this difficult time. Lorraine was such a kind and gentle woman and still beautiful in her advanced age. (I teased her a few times that I'm sure over her years of teaching there must have been several little boys who had had crushes on her!) It was both an honor and a pleasure to help take care of her at Hillcrest. She always appreciated any little thing I did for her. She will be missed.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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