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Donella Jean Creveling

Donella Jean (German) Creveling was born August 29, 1927 to Clyde Leroy German and Florence (Nobles) German in rural Ellston, Iowa. Donella attended school in Ellston and graduated from Ellston High School in 1944. While attending school Donella meet her best friend, Ray "Lee" Creveling, who she later was united in marriage to on August 30, 1944.

Donella and Lee made their home on a farm outside of Ellston and celebrated many joys in their 65 years of marriage. Among those joys were the births of their two sons, Ronald Lee in 1952 and Kevin K. in 1958. Donella was a farm wife and helped Lee through the years in raising their family and with all aspects of the farm. Another joy later in Donella's life was the birth of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always enjoyed cooking and baking over the years to feed the growing grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Although Ellston was her home, as a past time Donella enjoyed traveling the country and seeing new places and making new friends. She and Lee traveled to many places during their married life and enjoyed wintering in Las Vegas. Donella made her final journey to her eternal resting place when she passed away on June 2, 2016 at the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr.

Donella was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lee in 2010; grandson, Ray Lee Creveling; great-grandchild, Graysen Greenland; two sisters, Ruby (Carl) Davis and Marilyn Wilkey; brother-in-law, Aden Stewart; sister-in-law, Valiere Stewart; sister-in-law, Ilene Richards.

Those left to cherish Donella's memory are her sons, Ronald (Denice) Creveling of Ellston and Kevin (Deb) Creveling of Ellston; brother-in-law, Jack Wilkey of Ellston; seven grandchildren, Tim (Jennifer) Creveling of Ellston, Dara (Kim) Greenland of Mount Ayr, Cari (David) Head of Mount Ayr, Sarah (Travis) Wagner of Truro, Nathan (Wendy) Creveling of Ellston, Shawna (Lee) Freeman of Creston and Cory (Jennifer) French of Rochester Hills, MI; thirteen great-grandchildren, Lucie Roach, Christopher Wagner, Evelyn Wagner, Kelbey Greenland, Hudsen Greenland, Brooke French, Taylor French, Kelsey French, Coy Creveling, Clayton Creveling, EmmaLeigh Creveling, Easton Creveling and Kasen Head; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

  • Visitation

    June 06, 2016
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Visitation With Family Present

    June 06, 2016
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    June 07, 2016
    10:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Tuesday June 07 2016

    Ellston Cemetery

    Ellston, IA

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So sorry for your loss.

Posted by BARB SUPINGER - REDDING, IA   June 06, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ronnie, Kevin, and Family,
We were sad to hear of your Mom''s passing. Donella was a long time friend and one of the last of the German family members from the old home neighborhood on Sand Creek. She was always gracious, kind, and glad to see any of us throughout the years. Knowing her made all of us better. Prayers for all of you as you say Good-Bye to your Mom and Grandmother.

Posted by Rex and Winnie Fowler - Carlisle, IA - Friend   June 06, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

She was a great lady.
It was fun honking the Model A horn when we drove by her front window and watching her waving .
She would always share her sweet corn.
She will be missed by her boys and their families.

RIP. Bob and Phyllis Lauritsen

Posted by Bob and Phyllis Lauritsen - Georgetown, TX - Friend   June 06, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

many blessings to the family. you have our condolences.

Posted by Denise Nelson - Burlington, IA - Family   June 06, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ronnie,Kevin and families,
So sorry to hear bout your mom passing , she is in heaven with all of our loved ones ....... y''all are in my prayers and also my deepest sympathies

Marla (Woollums) Cook

Posted by Marla Cook - Urbandale, IA - Friend   June 06, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ronnie, Kevin, and families. Sorry to hear of your mother''s passing. She had a good long life and is now reunited with your Dad. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Paula (Greimann)Webb

Posted by Paula Webb - Kellerton, IA - Friend   June 06, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Donella.

Posted by Amanda Duncan - Phoenix, AZ - Family   June 04, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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