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Nancy Ellen (Beeler, Jay) Creekmore

December 14, 1943 December 13, 2017
Nancy Ellen (Beeler, Jay) Creekmore
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Nancy Ellen (Beeler, Jay) Creekmore left us suddenly on December 13, 2017, to join her greatly-loved son Roy Allen Jay and other family members who have gone before. Ellen was born on December 14, 1943, in Morristown as the third child of Ethern and Ann (Caldwell) Turner. Following her parents’ divorce, a move to Oak Ridge and her mother’s remarriage, she was raised by her mother and step-father Norman Beeler. She also gained an older step-brother and, over time, two younger sisters.
Ellen attended schools in Oak Ridge, graduating from Oak Ridge High School in June of 1961. Over subsequent years, she enjoyed going to class reunions and other gatherings with her fellow classmates. Following graduation, Ellen moved to Chattanooga where she met and married Roy Jay. They later divorced. During this marriage, Ellen became mother to Roy Allen Jay. He was her pride and joy. His death at 18 years of age was her greatest sorrow and pain in life. Shortly thereafter, Ellen returned to Oak Ridge and subsequently married Don Creekmore. Don survives her. After a few years in their home on Florida Avenue, Ellen and Don bought their home in Powell. Ellen enjoyed working in retail and as a medical and office assistant to dentists, eye doctors and other physicians.
Over her almost 74 years of life, Ellen enjoyed entertaining friends and family including cooking them the best southern comfort foods imaginable. She loved to watch and discuss with her sisters actors and actresses and their movies from the golden age of Hollywood, doing jigsaw, crossword and Sudoku puzzles, word searches, and reading books on a wide range of subjects. She enjoyed learning anything new, but especially loved learning more about how we become the person we are and why we do the things we do. She would happily engage in a frank discussion of any controversial subject even when it included the other person’s view of the world that was very different from her own. Ellen was a prolific letter writer and her distant family members enjoyed reading every interesting word. She never missed sending holiday, birthday, thinking of you and get well cards to parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, step kids and in-laws. In addition to Ellen’s regular many-paged letters, her sister in Montana will miss the periodic 2- to 4-hour phone calls they enjoyed. Ellen also adored and showered love on her many “fur kids” over the years.
Ellen is predeceased by her beloved son Roy Allen Jay; her mother Ann Beeler; her fathers Ethern Turner and Norman Beeler; her many aunts, uncles, and multiple nephews. She is survived by husband Don Creekmore; ex-husbands Roy Jay and Roland Brooks of Chattanooga; sister Delores Bishop of Chattanooga and children; brother Harve Turner (Cherri) of Florida and children; Kathy Ketner of Oak Ridge and children; sister Linda Galloway (Jim) of Helena, MT, and child. She also is survived by stepsons David Creekmore of Oak Ridge and Jeff Creekmore of Florida and sister-in-law Betty Lay (James) of Oak Ridge. She also sadly leaves behind her precious “Puppy” who is spending his days looking for her at every door and window.
We will miss you, dear sister and aunt. We look forward to seeing you, Allen and all of our other family members again when we join you one day.
At Ellen’s request, there will be no services at this time. Her family will gather for a graveside goodbye at a future date in the spring or summer. Ellen will be buried beside her son in Lakewood Memory Gardens South in Rossville, Georgia. An online guest book may be signed at

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