Audrey Crea, 94, passed away Aug. 27, 2014, at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, Idaho. She was born May 28, 1920, to Monty Bond, a train conductor, and his wife, Mable, in Marcus, Wash. By age 13 both of her parents had died, and she subsequently lived with her aunt and uncle in Portland, Ore., who treated her as their daughter. She was a good student and graduated from high school at the age of 16. After graduation she worked for a construction firm in Portland as an office manager. It was also in Portland that she met her future husband, Don Crea, in a Sunday school class. They were married Nov. 8, 1941, and spent more than 66 loving years together.
After WW II they moved to a farm near Fenn, Idaho, where they lived and worked for the rest of their lives. She was active in helping on the farm while raising her two sons, Gary and Doug. Audrey was also active in the community as a 4-H leader, Fenn Domestic Club, and a founding member of the Grangeville Nazarene Church and a friend to the elderly and those who needed help.
Her family will miss the smell of baking bread and chocolate chip cookies that always seemed to permeate her house. Going to grandma’s house many times meant meeting with other family and fun. To us, she was our rock, the person we could count on to love us, hold us, and reassure us regardless of the circumstances. She was our driving force. She was our pillar of love. The loss to us is incalculable. She will be in the hearts of her children and grandchildren forever.
Audrey is survived by her two sons, Gary Crea of Grangeville and Doug Crea and his wife, Lolita of Boise; grandchildren, Don Crea of Lewiston, Diane Crea-Benefield and her husband, Darren of Grangeville, and Michelle Crea-Haut and her husband, Dan of California; her step-grandchildren, Bryan Harris and his wife, Tammy, and Steven Harris and his wife, Kathy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Monty and Mable; husband, Don; daughter-in-law, Elaine; sisters, Betty and Eva; and brother, Bill.
There was a private family memorial service Monday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions can be given to a charity of choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
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