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    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 met 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.
    Services were held at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Bill Armstrong officiating with Nancy Sackett, Carol Anne McCreary and Grace Warin providing the music.
    Casketbearers were Kim Greenland, Tim Creveling, David Head, Lee Freeman, Cory French, Travis Wagner and Nathan Creveling. The final resting place is at the Ellston Cemetery of Ellston, IA.
    Memorials go to the Union Township Fire Department and the Ellston Park.

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