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January 23, 2014

Vera Louise Chesshir Creasey

TERRE HAUTE — Vera Louise Chesshir Creasey, 73, of Paris, Ill., and formerly of West Terre Haute passed away at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She had been a cook for many years at several local restaurants, including Joy’s Restaurant, Grandma Joy’s Restaurant and The Robins Nest Restaurant. According to family and friends, Vera was one of the best cooks in the world. Prior to becoming a cook, she had been a nurse’s aide and caregiver at the former Vigo County Home in Terre Haute for several years. She was born Jan. 31, 1940, in Terre Haute to Ernest Chesshir and Edith Schoffstall Chesshir. Her husband, Donald Lee “Dutch” Creasey, preceded her in death on July 15, 2012, after 57 years of marriage. Vera and Don moved to Paris from West Terre Haute in 2004.

Survivors include their seven children, Marlene Templeton and her husband Walt of North Terre Haute, Tammy Higginbotham and her husband Chris Higginbotham Sr. of West Terre Haute, Michael Creasey Sr. and Fabe Creasey, both of West Terre Haute, Lori Creasey of Paris, Mark Creasey and his wife Nikki of Bakersfield, Calif., and Lisa Bedwell and her husband Todd of Paris; three brothers, Delbert Chesshir and his wife Mel of Brazil, Jack Chesshir and his wife Rose of Apple Valley, Calif., and Kelvin Chesshir and his wife Betty of West Terre Haute; four sisters, Corrine Bagley and Jean Ward, both of Terre Haute, Pat Working and her husband Warner of Mesa, Ariz., and Sherry Bowe and her husband Don of Valley, Wash.; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She also was preceded in death by her parents; and a grandson, Brandon Creasey.

Vera loved to go fishing and spending time with her family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held in her honor at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. 3rd St., in West Terre Haute, with her eulogy and other comments being given by family members. Visitation will be noon until service time Sunday. According to Vera’s wishes, cremation has been arranged. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Vera Creasey memorial fund to assist with expenses with envelopes available in the funeral home. Following the services at the funeral home, the family and friends will be gathering at the Country Roads Café/Four Seasons Banquet Hall, 1001 W. National Ave., in West Terre Haute, for a meal and fellowship and further celebration of Vera’s life. Online condolences may be made at:


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