Longtime Rupert resident Dorothy “Dot” Creason died Monday, August 23, 2021, from a chronic illness.
Dot, who hated being called Dorothy, was born June 14, 1927, to Paul and Mossie Rogers. She was youngest of three sisters. The family ran a dairy, and as a youngster, she helped her father deliver milk.
She attended Rupert High School, where she met her future husband, Chuck Creason. After graduation, she attended the University of Idaho where she was in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Dot married Chuck August 30, 1947.
She worked at the University of Idaho Bookstore, supporting Chuck while he went to law school. She was proud of her PhT (Putting Husband Through) degree. Their first child, Jennie, arrived while they lived in Moscow.
In 1951, the couple returned to Rupert where Chuck joined his father’s law practice, later called Creason and Creason. Soon they welcomed their son, Charlie, and a few years later their daughter, Katie.
On Easter Day of 1968, Chuck, Dot and Katie went for a Sunday drive. The fateful trip resulted in the three getting stranded near the City of Rocks. Search parties were organized to find the trio, and the outpouring of support forever changed the family’s outlook about service to the community. They were found 30 hours after getting lost.
The household grew when foster children Terry and Tammy Hayden joined the family in 1970. The extended families of the Hodges, Allens and Creasons affectionately referred to themselves as the Farkle Family.
Dot was committed. She was committed to her family, friends, church organizations and community. She was a devoted mother. She was fiercely loyal. She was an accomplished cook. When she made a commitment, she followed through. She served as a volunteer organist for Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church for nearly four decades. She was also active in Altar Guild at the church. She was a key contributor and helped make many homemade noodles for the church bazaars.
She was an active member of P.E.O for more than six decades. She served as president in Chapter P and as founding president of Chapter BS. She was known for her homemade aprons, donating dozens for chapter fundraisers.
Dot learned to play bridge in college, and it was a lifelong love. Dot and Chuck enjoyed couples duplicate together, and Dot played in several party bridge clubs. She valued these friendships and counted many bridge ladies as her best friends. Someone up above must have called for a “fourth for bridge.”
One of the things she was most proud of was that all of her children graduated college. By the time Chuck died in 1998, all of their children had married and had children of their own. Dot was able to see many of her grandchildren get married and have children.
In May, she moved to Pomerelle Place, a senior living residence in Burley, Idaho. She quickly made friends and organized a bridge party over the Fourth of July. She was the first resident given the “Spotlight” title, as she was valued for her spunky, happy and social demeanor.
Dot was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and husband. She is survived by her children, Jennie (Doug) Jones, Englewood, Colo., Charlie (Lori) Creason, Rupert, Idaho, Katie (John) Rigby, Boise, Idaho, Terry (Teresa) Hayden, Boise, Idaho, and Tammy Young, Rupert, Idaho. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
A graveside service is planned for 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2021 at the Rupert Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Rupert DeMary Memorial Library or the Rupert Senior Center Meals on Wheels. Arrangements are under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.
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