Mary Lou Creel (1939 - 2013)

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Mary Lou Creel

Richton, MS

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Dykes Chapel Baptist Church for Mary Lou Dykes Creel, 74, of Richton, who went to be with Jesus on May 4, 2013, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland after an extended illness. Mrs. Creel was born in Richton where she lived in the Dykes Chapel community for most of her life. Lovingly called "Nanny" by her family and many friends, she devoted her entire life to caring for her husband, children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Creel's pride and joy was her family, and caring for them was her life's work. She devotedly followed her husband to the oil fields of Anchorage, Alaska, when work took him there and raised three of her four boys in Alaska, during their younger years. Her "baby" was born when the family returned to Richton and eventually settled in her family home. Mrs. Creel was a beloved second mother to her grandchildren and reared them alongside their parents as if they were her own children. Nanny cooked peach cobblers and pancakes, washed blue jeans and mended skinned knees and hurt feelings and dispensed her own brand of wisdom and happiness until her health began to fail three years ago. When her family called her name, she was never too tired, never too busy, or never concerned about what might have been easier for her. She was lovingly cared for in her final years and days by her family.

Mrs. Creel was jolly and full of life almost until the end, enjoying nothing more than getting her nails done or shopping. She was stylish, and her grandchildren kept her young, both in her outlook on life and in her fashions. Her son David kept her hair and makeup impeccable, and her husband and four sons indulged her love of feeling pretty. She took joy in simple things such as Yoo-Hoos and flip flops, and she gave joy in abundance to others on holidays and family birthdays, which were always special to her, and every day.

Mrs. Creel was a devoted Christian, and her family was instrumental in building the Dykes Chapel Baptist Church across from her home. She watched the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries on television for hours on end and liked nothing better than listening to him sing and preach. One of her fondest memories is when Mrs. Swaggart called her hospital room and prayed with her. Mrs. Creel is survived by her loving husband of fifty three years, Jimmy Creel of Richton; four devoted sons, Richard Creel, John Creel, and Tony Creel, all of Richton, and David Creel of Jackson; six grandchildren, Courtney Creel Sims of Stringer, Kahlin Creel Christian of Fort Bragg, NC, and John Doss Creel, Shelby Creel, Dakota Creel, and Colby Creel, all of Richton; two great granddaughters, Arley Sims of Stringer and Grace McLain of Ovett; one brother, Wayne Dykes of Petal; two sisters, Avis Shaw and Ann Scarbrough of Richton; a loving extended family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vardy and Victoria Dykes, and several siblings.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers are: John Doss Creel, Dakota Creel, Colby Creel, Archie Sims, Chris Gilmer, Terry Dykes, Paul Dykes, Mike Dykes, David Nelson, Kenny Shaw, Kevin Shaw, Derrick Shaw, Destry Scarbrough, Keith Scarbrough, Donald Cooley and Dale Cooley.

Visitation will be from 5:00 -9:00 p.m. Monday at Dykes Chapel with interment in the church cemetery. Jones & Son Funeral Home of Richton is in charge of arrangements.

The Family would like to thank everyone who supported her and them during her extended illness, especially Dr. Joe Files, Dr. Tondre Buck, Dr. Anesh Rugnath, special nurse Ronda Boston -Slay, and the staff of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Memorials in her honor may be made to the UMC Department of Hematology or to Mississippi Blood Services.

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Published in Clarion Ledger on May 6, 2013
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