Judy Creel

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Judy Creel

Milton - Judy Diane (Worrell) Creel died on September 1, 2021. She was 69 years old.

Judy was born February 12, 1952, in Spokane, Washington to Herbert R. Worrell and his wife, Catheryn L. (Mitchell) Worrell.

Judy's father was a pastor and moved the family to Wenatchee, WA. Within a few years they packed up and headed to Brockton, MA, where Judy started school. A move to Laconia, NH was next, followed by East Millinocket, ME. After graduation, Judy moved to Pompano Beach where she attended college.

Judy lived a famously wild youth, filled with infamous parties and international travel that took her all over Europe and the Caribbean. After landing in Dothan, Alabama, she met Phillip Creel, a charming, handsome football coach, and they fell madly in love. After a fiery romance, the couple married and had a son, Jonathan David Creel. Five years after Jonathan's birth, Judy and Phillip relocated the family to Milton, FL and built a house that would become their home for 30 years.

After Judy's lively youth, her family was amazed when she transformed into an incredible and caring mother. She played many supporting roles in the home movies Jonathan and his friends created (Creel/Hathaway Film Productions) and warmly welcomed and nurtured the many friends Jonathan brought home over the years. These friends still find it surprising that the Checkers in Milton went out of business because Judy bought their incredible fries for so many kids over the years—their favorite stop on the way home from school or practice. She also single-handedly kept the numerous local video rental businesses alive by taking Jonathan and his friends to them on an almost daily basis.

For those of you who didn't know Judy, she could be identified by the festive holiday sweaters, shirts, and pins that she made by hand when she was feeling "crafty." To anyone who attended Rhodes Elementary School from 1992-1996, Hobbs Middle School from 1997-1999, or Milton High School from 2000-2004, she was the one volunteering in the school office, bringing treats to classrooms, and driving so many of you around in minivans.

Judy was a lifelong voracious reader, consuming any book of almost any genre that she could find. Her favorites included mysteries, thrillers, any non-fiction crime story, Tony Hillerman novels, and the occasional Stephen King. She carried countless books out of the Milton library in her mesh tote bag. (Apologies to any library she frequented because there are still library books checked out in her name in the house!) In her later years, she loved birdwatching and always kept her array of feeders well-stocked!

Judy's laugh, witty jokes, sarcasm, and sense of humor will be profoundly missed, as will her famous snack trays. These can never be recreated because they were made with so much love—and Vienna Sausages. Judy deserves credit for raising a generation of children, now adults, who still, somewhat inexplicably, love the taste of this controversial food.

Jonathan remembers his mom for her warmth, wit, and steadfast support and encouragement. She was always there when he needed her with a warm blanket fresh out of the dryer and a cup of Campbell's chicken noodle soup (with the chicken picked out, of course). If that isn't love, I'm not sure what is. To any teachers at Milton High School who enviously eyed Coach Creel's extravagant lunches over the years, Judy was the woman behind those culinary masterpieces. Jonathan and Phillip also looked to Judy as their confidante, sounding board, and guide through both daily life and tough decisions. Judy was the backbone of the family, always keeping things on track. At the same time, she lived life unapologetically and on her own terms!

Judy's sense of humor and the adventurous spirit she had in her youth will be carried on through her son and the lives she touched. She was more than another figure to add to the COVID-19 pandemic statistics. She was a wonderful mother and committed wife, or as Phillip called her, his "lady, lover, and friend."

Judy was widowed in 2017. She is survived by her son, Jonathan Creel of Los Alamos, NM, one sister, Chari Hopkins (Ron) of Punta Gorda, FL, a nephew Douglas Craig (Michelle) of Coral Springs, FL, and two step-sons Keith and Terrance Creel of Dothan, AL. There is also a plethora of cousins, great nieces, and great nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at the large pavilion at Carpenter's Park in Milton, FL off Munson Hwy. on Saturday, October 9th. This is very casual. Please drop by any time between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. We'd love to hear your favorite memories of Judy.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Audubon at https://www.audubon.org/.

Posted online on October 09, 2021

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Judy Creel

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton

Judy Creel

Milton - Judy Diane (Worrell) Creel died on September 1, 2021. She was 69 years old.

Judy was born February 12, 1952, in Spokane, Washington to Herbert R. Worrell and his wife, Catheryn L. (Mitchell) Worrell.

Judy's father was a pastor and moved the family to Wenatchee, WA. Within a few years they packed up and headed to Brockton, MA, where Judy started school. A move to Laconia, NH was next, followed by East Millinocket, ME. After graduation, Judy moved to Pompano Beach where she attended college.

Judy lived a famously wild youth, filled with infamous parties and international travel that took her all over Europe and the Caribbean. After landing in Dothan, Alabama, she met Phillip Creel, a charming, handsome football coach, and they fell madly in love. After a fiery romance, the couple married and had a son, Jonathan David Creel. Five years after Jonathan's birth, Judy and Phillip relocated the family to Milton, FL and built a house that would become their home for 30 years.

After Judy's lively youth, her family was amazed when she transformed into an incredible and caring mother. She played many supporting roles in the home movies Jonathan and his friends created (Creel/Hathaway Film Productions) and warmly welcomed and nurtured the many friends Jonathan brought home over the years. These friends still find it surprising that the Checkers in Milton went out of business because Judy bought their incredible fries for so many kids over the years—their favorite stop on the way home from school or practice. She also single-handedly kept the numerous local video rental businesses alive by taking Jonathan and his friends to them on an almost daily basis.

For those of you who didn't know Judy, she could be identified by the festive holiday sweaters, shirts, and pins that she made by hand when she was feeling "crafty." To anyone who attended Rhodes Elementary School from 1992-1996, Hobbs Middle School from 1997-1999, or Milton High School from 2000-2004, she was the one volunteering in the school office, bringing treats to classrooms, and driving so many of you around in minivans.

Judy was a lifelong voracious reader, consuming any book of almost any genre that she could find. Her favorites included mysteries, thrillers, any non-fiction crime story, Tony Hillerman novels, and the occasional Stephen King. She carried countless books out of the Milton library in her mesh tote bag. (Apologies to any library she frequented because there are still library books checked out in her name in the house!) In her later years, she loved birdwatching and always kept her array of feeders well-stocked!

Judy's laugh, witty jokes, sarcasm, and sense of humor will be profoundly missed, as will her famous snack trays. These can never be recreated because they were made with so much love—and Vienna Sausages. Judy deserves credit for raising a generation of children, now adults, who still, somewhat inexplicably, love the taste of this controversial food.

Jonathan remembers his mom for her warmth, wit, and steadfast support and encouragement. She was always there when he needed her with a warm blanket fresh out of the dryer and a cup of Campbell's chicken noodle soup (with the chicken picked out, of course). If that isn't love, I'm not sure what is. To any teachers at Milton High School who enviously eyed Coach Creel's extravagant lunches over the years, Judy was the woman behind those culinary masterpieces. Jonathan and Phillip also looked to Judy as their confidante, sounding board, and guide through both daily life and tough decisions. Judy was the backbone of the family, always keeping things on track. At the same time, she lived life unapologetically and on her own terms!

Judy's sense of humor and the adventurous spirit she had in her youth will be carried on through her son and the lives she touched. She was more than another figure to add to the COVID-19 pandemic statistics. She was a wonderful mother and committed wife, or as Phillip called her, his "lady, lover, and friend."

Judy was widowed in 2017. She is survived by her son, Jonathan Creel of Los Alamos, NM, one sister, Chari Hopkins (Ron) of Punta Gorda, FL, a nephew Douglas Craig (Michelle) of Coral Springs, FL, and two step-sons Keith and Terrance Creel of Dothan, AL. There is also a plethora of cousins, great nieces, and great nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at the large pavilion at Carpenter's Park in Milton, FL off Munson Hwy. on Saturday, October 9th. This is very casual. Please drop by any time between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. We'd love to hear your favorite memories of Judy.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Audubon at https://www.audubon.org/.

Posted online on October 09, 2021