Mary Ann Gregg
1931 - 2020
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Mary Ann Gregg passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 8, 2020 at Mercy Hospice House in Durango, Colorado.

Born on December 30, 1931 on the Miles Family farm in Franklin County, Indiana to Harry and Lois (Miles) Coffey. She was raised on a small family farm on Deep Creek outside of Oxford, Ohio. Her mother was a school teacher and her father, besides farming, worked in machine shops and iron works, holding a variety of technical and skilled jobs.

Mary Ann attended McGuffey elementary and high school in Oxford, Ohio and proudly kept her McGuffey Readers in her library for her entire life. After graduating high school, she attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Teaching and Nutrition. While she was at Miami, she was a telephone switchboard operator and a waitress in the school cafeteria. She spent a summer in Yellowstone Park while she was in college as a "Harvey Girl" at the Yellowstone Lodge. This is where she fell in love with the American West.

Her first job was teaching home economics in Eaton, Ohio. In 1955 she married Joseph Creek, who was teaching at the same school. Early in their marriage they both taught at the Navajo Methodist Mission School in Bisti, New Mexico. In addition to her teaching duties she cooked for 50 students daily on a wood burning stove with no running water. This is when she first became familiar with Durango during a visit in 1957.

In 1970 Joseph Creek tragically died, leaving Mary Ann with their three small children.

Being a young widow, Mary Ann once again turned to her educational background and took a temporary job teaching for the San Juan Basin Health Nutrition program in 1971. She packed up her Chevy SS Nova, loaded a U-Haul trailer and with her three small children and headed west to Durango, Colorado.

After arriving in Durango and trading her Chevy Nova in for a Jeep Wagoneer, she became active in the Methodist Church, where she was introduced to Ernie Gregg. They were married in 1975 and remained a happily married couple for 39 years until Ernie's death in 2016.

During her time in Durango she served on one of the first Tree Advisory (later the Parks and Open Space) board to the City of Durango, she was a substitute teacher for 9-R schools, she taught at New Horizon's Preschool and started and ran Mother's Morning Out which later become the Methodist Christian School. She also spent many years as a Girl Scout leader and was involved in AAUW, 4-H, the Durango Club and most recently participated in the Narrow Gauge Crazy Train UMC Dominoes club and the United Methodist Church Choir.

Most importantly she loved her time with her family. She enjoyed camping at Haviland Lake, spending time at the family cabin at Vallecito Reservoir, as well as traveling to swim meets on the western slope, church camps, girl scout camps and later monthly camping trips with the Good Sam's Camping Club. She enjoyed canoeing, snowmobiling, gardening and especially caring for her rose bushes, flowers and her vegetable garden. She loved the view she had of the La Plata Mountains from the front window of her home.

After Ernie's retirement they enjoyed travelling the country and abroad. They took many trips to the Gulf Coast, Europe, Alaska, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, and the Holy Land. Even after Ernie's death in 2016, she continued to travel and took trips to the Mediterranean with a granddaughter, to The Holy Land again with other members of her Church. She enjoyed many day adventures in the Four Corners area with her family.

She is survived by Mark Coffey Creek (Sharon) of Flagstaff, AZ, Jim (Tana) Creek of Durango, Mary Jo (Andy) Gerster of Golden, CO and nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren all of them across the country from Maine to sunny California. In addition, she is survived by her sister Julie (John) Burneson, of Miamisburg, Ohio and she had a Sister, Jane Peterman who passed away in 2010 who is survived by her husband, Reverend Ed Peterman of Houston, Texas.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 10:00 am at the First United Methodist Church/Summit Church Durango, Colorado. In Mary Ann's honor, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Native Hope Fund or Mercy Hospice House.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Mar. 9, 2020.
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March 12, 2020
For Mary Ann's children, She was my husband's first cousin and I remember that she gave me a cookbook for a wedding present. I have always enjoyed cooking. I pray that God will keep you in His arms in your time of loss. May he bless you. With love, Dianne Coffey.
Dianne Coffey
March 11, 2020
Jim, Mary Ann, and Mark,
So sorry to hear about your mom! She was an amazing woman and good neighbor! I know you have many wonderful memories to hold on to!
Lynn Kutzleb
Lynn Kutzleb
March 10, 2020
I loved Ernie and Mary Ann. She was so kind and loving. She loved her family so much . It was an honor to know both of them . They made the world a better place . Our world is richer because of both of them .Sending love and respect to the children and grands. Sweetie Marbury
Sweetie Marbury
March 10, 2020
At the dinner table welcoming guests - a frequent occurence I think.
Mary Ann married my "Uncle Sonny" (Ernie) 45 years ago - and what a lucky day that was for him and for us. Mary Ann and Ernie traveled together, worked in the yard together, participated in church events together, visited family together. We got to know Mary Ann's kids, her sisters and brothers-in-law, and then her grandkids. The Gregg and Boyer families are much richer for the gift of Mary Ann's life.
And...she was a wonderful and generous hostess. I took my mother to Durango to visit in 2004, not long after I retired. Mary Ann and Sonny treated us so wonderfully, and fed us well. I visited again on my own in 2015, and got to stay in the hand-dug basement - what fun that was.
She was terrific about sending birthday cards and anniversary cards. Uncle Sonny signed them, but we know who made it happen. I admired and loved Mary Ann and will miss her greatly. Jann Boyer
Jann Boyer
March 10, 2020
So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, Mary Ann. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mark, Jim and Mary Jo. I know you have some wonderful memories of the experiences and trips that you have enjoyed. Keep in touch with us. We would love to hear from you.
Love, Aunt Wanda Logan
March 10, 2020
So sorry to hear about your mother, Mary Ann passing away. You have some wonderful memories while in Indiana and Ohio and also Colorado. I always heard from her at Christmas time which I enjoyed reading her letters. It sounds like you had a wonderful adventure every year. Please keep in touch. We love you. Aunt Wanda
March 9, 2020
So very sorry to hear about your mom Mark,Jim, and Mary Jo! Our prayers are with you! I will always remember our times at Grandpa & Grandma Creeks farm. Kathy Logan Cummins.
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