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Marjorie "Marge" Creighton

November 1, 1932 December 25, 2018
Marjorie "Marge" Creighton
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Obituary for Marjorie "Marge" Creighton

Marjorie (Marge) Jean Creighton, age 86, of Faribault, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at her home surrounded by family.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 1, 1932 to William (Bill) and Marian (Perry) deNeui, Marge grew up in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood in St. Paul.

Her childhood was filled with special times with her parents, older brother Richard (Dick), grandmother (GG) and Uncle Hazen (Haze) at their family cabins on the St. Croix River and Lake Hubert in northern Minnesota.

Marge had very close relationship with her cousin June (deNeui) Simonson, and they considered each other “sisters”. She loved her time spent with June on their family farm near Ortonville, Minnesota and they had a marvelous time together whenever June visited their home in St. Paul. This special bond with June, husband Sam and entire Simonson family continued throughout her life with many shared interests and special times.

Marge was active in Bluebirds and Campfire Girls, choir, band and church. One highlight from her high school days she spoke of was a week-long canoe trip to the BWCA. During these years she formed lifelong friendships with Pat, Patty and Gail, with whom she still visited and attended class reunions for nearly 70 years.

Upon graduating from Hill-Murray High School in 1950, Marge attended the University of Minnesota for one semester prior to transferring to Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. During her time at Grinnell, Marge met Robert (Bob) Creighton and they were married on June 26, 1954 at her home in St. Anthony Park.

Bob was serving in the US Army and they were stationed in San Antonio, TX and Fort Sill, OK, where they welcomed daughter Joyce (1956). As their time in the military came to an end, Marge and Bob returned to Minnesota, purchasing a home in St. Louis Park. Marge was a very busy young mother and welcomed daughters Carol (1958) and Janet (1961) shortly thereafter.

In 1963 they moved to Rochester, MN and formed many friendships with other young couples that have remained to the present.

During the March 17, 1965 blizzard, Marge and Bob moved to Faribault. Marge continued to be a busy mother and volunteer, while Bob was a Manager at Och’s Brothers, a local department store.

Marge’s participation in Campfire Girls as a young girl influenced her to become involved in Girls Scouts as her daughters grew. As a treasured, tireless and inspirational Scout Leader, Marge touched many lives through her years of dedicated service. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout Troop Leader for her three daughters and also made scouting, community service and camping fun and interesting. During this time, Marge became the Director of the local Girl Scout Day Camp which was held at the Rotary Camp facility on Cedar Lake just west of Faribault. Marge chose the nickname “Eddie Eagle” and that was her name while at camp. Marge has been affectionately referred to by her family as “Eddie Eagle” ever since.
Marge always had a passion for reading, especially mysteries, when she found quiet time. Marge also enjoyed being creative through her sewing for children and grandchildren and knitting blankets and scarves for loved ones. She knit a blanket for each of her children and grandchildren and they are prized remembrances of Grandma Marge.

She was always known to be a sweet and kind person - but watch out whenever the Minnesota Vikings were playing! Marge was an AVID Vikings fan; she had the touchdown towel, a foam brick to throw at the TV, slippers, a Vikings car flag and other’s Vikings wear. Marge and Bob did attend a game at the HHH Metrodome when the Vikings played Chicago – as she was a huge Walter Peyton fan as well.

Involvement and membership in the Congregational Church UCC in Faribault has been an important part of Marge’s life. From serving as a youth group leader in the mid 1960’s to potlucks, Sunday School, plays, fundraisers, meals-on-wheels, decorating, family weddings, baptisms to most recently as a member of the Bell Choir, Marge has been an active member. Church Pastors and friends, Jan and Deb were very special to her.

Marge had a special place in her heart for Disney Classics such as Snow White, Ferdinand the Bull, Mickey Mouse and others and had an extensive collection. Through the years Marge and Bob attended many antique shows and flea markets – both buying and selling. The girls and their families often joined them at “Gold Rush” in Rochester, MN and the “Antique Walk” in Walnut, IA each Father’s Day weekend. Together they attended auctions and sales across the nation during their extensive travels.

Her love of birds – feeding and watching them was shared with friends and family alike. There were many times Marge and her daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren exchanged phone calls, messages and photos with each other sharing bird sightings, with their bird books close at hand.

Spending 50 years in their home at 939 SW 8th Avenue, Marge and Bob formed very special bonds with their neighbors. At first in the 1960’s as the younger couple on the block, they grew to become the “Seasoned” neighbors enjoying many special times with the entire block – group camping trips, birthday and anniversary parties, backyard fires and movie nights. It was a truly a group of special helpful and caring neighbors whom they greatly appreciated.

Family was the TOP Priority in Marge’s life. She shared her heart, time and love continuously to help her parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Through the years she supported their interests, encouraged their dreams, helped them move, made crafts, learn new activities, travel and embrace life. Always interested in family history, over the past 40 plus years Marge researched and created scrapbooks documenting family history for both her and Bob. She spent many hours working on the history with her parents in the early 1980’s and traveled across the country with Bob visiting with relatives and historic family sites, resulting in a wonderful legacy to share with current and future generations.

During 64 ½ years of marriage with Bob, they shared many wonderful adventures with love and laughter. As a young couple and growing family, they would camp in a tent – then transitioned to a pop-up camper – next a travel trailer and finally a Road Trek Camper Van. From Northern Minnesota to Arizona, Florida to Maine, California to Washington, Mexico to Canada to several trips to Alaska – the two of them have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles together exploring new sights, shopping for antiques, visiting family and friends, viewing wildlife, enjoying historic locations and appreciating Mother Nature and the Great Outdoors.

Marge and Bob had a great friendship and a great love for each other that was demonstrated daily with Bob by her side every step of the way. Marge will live on in those who knew and loved her, and each time we see a bird, we will think of her love for nature and when we see an eagle, we will be reminded of our dearest wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, “Eddie Eagle”, who has taken flight.

Marge is survived by husband Robert (Bob) Creighton; daughters and husbands: Joyce & Charlie Holzinger of Mankato, MN - Carol & Jim Coughlin of Montgomery, MN – Janet & Craig Klouse of Mason City, IA; grandchildren/spouses: Steve & Jennifer Coughlin, Parker, CO – Sue & Tim Koob, Madison, SD – Kelly & Dan Silvester, Clayton, NC – Casey & Jackie Stadler, Shelby, WI – Marjorie (Rene) Arends, Blue Earth, MN – Jennifer & Matt Schweizer, Muscatine, IA – Stefanie & Isaac Weiss, Mason City, IA; great-grandchildren: Logan & Avery Silvester, Thomas & David Coughlin, Brooklyn & Branson Arends, Madelyn & Parker Schweizer, Carter & Cameran Weiss and Aiden Stadler; brother-in-law Frank (Buster) & Patsy Lee, Hot Springs, SD; niece Sue & Jim Brochman, Stillwater, MN – nephew Bob & Gail deNeui, Lakeland, MN – niece Barb Shervheim, Glenwood, MN and numerous extended family and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, William (Bill) & Marian (Perry) deNeui; brother Richard (Dick) deNeui, uncle Hazen (Haze) Tyler Perry; cousin June (deNeui) Simonson, and numerous extended family and friends.

Funeral Service to be held on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Congregational Church, UCC, Faribault. Spring interment at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault. Luncheon following services at Congregational Church UCC Fellowship Hall.

Visitation to be on Sunday, December 30, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Memorials may be directed to the Gillette Children’s Hospital for Spina Bifida Care.

The family expresses our sincere heartfelt appreciation to Faribault Senior Living Nursing Staff and AseraCare Hospice for your care and compassion of our wife and mother in the past month. You are truly angels on Earth.


Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

30

Dec

6:00 PM 12/30/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/30/2018 8:00:00 PM
Boldt Funeral Home

300 Prairie Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021

Boldt Funeral Home
300 Prairie Avenue Faribault 55021 MN
United States

Visitation

Monday

31

Dec

10:00 AM 12/31/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/31/2018 11:00:00 AM
Congregational Church of Faribault, UCC

222 3rd Ave. N.W.
Faribault, MN 55021

Congregational Church of Faribault, UCC
222 3rd Ave. N.W. Faribault 55021 MN
United States

Service

Monday

31

Dec

11:00 AM 12/31/2018 11:00:00 AM
Congregational Church of Faribault, UCC

222 3rd Ave. N.W.
Faribault, MN 55021

Congregational Church of Faribault, UCC
222 3rd Ave. N.W. Faribault 55021 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Maple Lawn Cemetery Final Resting Place

1917 Fourth Street N. W.
Faribault, MN

1917 Fourth Street N. W. Faribault MN
United States
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