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Dorothy Rae Creason, 98, and a fifty-year resident of Boulder, CO, died on November 3, 2008. Dorothy had been a resident of Canyon Point, at 700 Walnut until 2007, when she moved to the Mary Sandoe House in South Boulder.
Dorothy was born August 25, 1910 to Foster Ray Easley and Leolah May Workman Easley in Brashear, MO, where she attended grade and high schools. She then attended Culver Stockton College in Canton, MO, studying Education, after which she returned to Brashear and taught school for several years.
She married Henry Gene Ridge in 1935; to this marriage were born three sons, David Ridge of Boulder, Gary Ridge of Ft. Worth, TX and Ronald Ridge of Tucson, AZ.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s Dorothy managed the Rocky Mountain, El Rancho Hansen, Three Birches Lodge, Crestwood, Highlander, and Columbine motels in Boulder. She was also employed three years by the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs.
In 1972 she married Herbert M. Creason, also originally from Brashear and then resident of Phoenix, AZ. Herbert joined Dorothy in residence in Boulder.
Dorothy, an excellent cook, a great pianist and a hostess without equal, enjoyed life to the fullest. She was always informed on current affairs and an avid fan of the University of Colorado football and basketball teams and the Rockies, Nuggets, and Broncos. It was a toss-up whether she would read the headlines first or the sports pages when she opened the paper each morning. She loved the Rocky Mountains, particularly the view of the Flatirons and the destinations of Estes Park, Central City and Rocky Mountain National Park. She could always be counted on for a poker game lasting until the wee hours of the morning. She did the crossword puzzle each day and was always anxious to check one or two of the answers on the following day before tackling that day’s crossword.
Dorothy was not famous, but to those who knew her she was forever memorable; she was not wealthy, except in her heart which she shared with many; she was not worldly, except to the world that was important to her, her family and friends.
She is survived by her three sons, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nieces, Jackie Harrison of Kirksville, MO and Ann Sue Campbell of Edina, MO and nephew, Kelly Rogers of Macon, MO.