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.