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April 7, 2013

Creighton 'refreshing' this month


Creighton lived in Millsap with her parents at one time, prior to moving to Mineral Wells. When she and her husband at the time, Virgil Evans, were looking for a place to live, they considered Mineral Wells. She said he was a U.S. Army Ranger in Vietnam who became an Army recruiter and was in the process of retiring.

She knew about Mineral Wells because her father worked at Southern Airways from 1959 to 1973 and would come to events at the base.

“I enjoyed coming to visit,” she said, sharing that she saw the Nike missiles and recalls helicopters hovering on pads.

“I chose to come to Mineral Wells in 1973,” she said, which was not far from Evans' family in Comanche and hers in Wise County. She said Fort Wolters had a commissary and hospital and was near the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

They moved here and, Creighton recalls, “About two months later my daughter was born in Beach Army Hospital, and they announced the closing of the base. It took about a year to get it closed, but the niceties were gone.”

“I loved the proximity to the DFW area and Possum Kingdom Lake,” she said.

In 1990, she married Mineral Wells native Tom Creighton, who was retired from the Texas Senate, where he had served for 20 years.

She has three children and three stepchildren, who all attended Mineral Wells High School.

Just last month, Creighton and The Fort Wolters Gate Committee dedicated the Medal of Honor Memorial at Fort Wolters Historical Park. While Creighton majored in communications and English, she said she was always interested in history and won history awards from sixth grade on.

Each November, for the past 30 years, she has worked with veterans and the community to organize the Veteran's Day program for the entire county.

Retirement later this month will likely be just in name, rather than a state of being for Creighton, who still has many community "hats" left to wear.

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