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Obituary: Verona M. Creer

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Verona Morrison Creer, 99, died peacefully January 7, 2002 at her home of 64 years in Salt Lake City.

She was born April 12, 1902, in Richfield, UT the tenth child of James Bruce Mor-rison and Carol-ine Amanda Foutz Morrison. After graduating from Richfield High School and at-tending the Uni-versity of Utah, she taught school for one year in Burville, UT. In 1922, she moved to California where she began a career as a milliner. By 1931 she owned and operated millinery concessions in Los Angeles, Alhambra, and San Marino.

In 1930 she met historian Leland Hargrave Creer while vacationing at Fish Lake, UT. They married in 1931 and she moved to Seattle where he was on the faculty of the University of Washington. They moved to Ogden, UT in 1935 when her husband became president of Weber College, and then to Salt Lake City in 1937 when he joined the faculty of the University of Utah. He died in 1968.

Verona was a member of the LDS Church and very proud of her pioneer heritage. Active in university affairs, she served as president of the University of Utah Faculty Women's Club and attended courses well into her 80's. An artistic person, she had a flair for clothes, was an excellent seamstress, and enjoyed countless hours outdoors painting landscapes. She loved to travel and made many trips to Europe, the Middle East, the Soviet Union, Asia, and North Africa. Nothing was more important to her than family. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Survivors are two daughters, Mary Lee Christensen (Gerald R.), Salt Lake City, Amanda Peterson (Jan), Midway, UT; son, Leland Morrison Creer (Beverly Broadbent Creer), Avon, CT; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful for her many caregivers, especially Pat Bastiani and Dorothy Muti, who made it possible for her to live her last years at home.

Private family services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to University of Utah Music Department Piano Scholarship Fund, 1375 President's Circle, SLC, UT, 84112, or a charity of choice.