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Ellen Mae McCreary

July 24, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Ellen Mae McCreary, 90, Toledo, passed away Friday, July 22, 2011, at Carrington Place of Toledo under the care of Iowa River Hospice. Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with Pastor Brian Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.

Ellen was born on Aug. 12, 1920, in rural Gladbrook, the daughter of Orla and Lula (Freet) Cooper.

She graduated from Toledo High School in 1937.

On Feb. 23, 1941, she was united in marriage to Murel McCreary at her parent’s home in Crystal Township. Ellen taught country school and later worked at Cronan’s Variety Store in Toledo. She then worked at Sears Catalog Store in Tama from 1965-1976. She faithfully took care of her father-in-law, John McCreary from 1976-1983. Ellen was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Christ United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and was an avid bowler in her younger years. She and Murel enjoyed traveling and spent many winters in Texas.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her sister, Eva Stamp; and two brothers, Kenneth and Roland Cooper.

Survivors include her husband of seventy years, Murel of Toledo, her adopted children, Sandra Mullin of Toledo and Bruce McCreary of Colorado; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Verna Stamp of Garwin and Marilou (Gene) Schreck of Loveland, CO; two brothers, Merle (Marlene) Cooper of Cedar Rapids and Wilmer (Darlene) Cooper of DeWitt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial fund has been established.

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