Charlotte Genevieve Creevey was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother during her incredible 97 years of life. She passed away peacefully in the early hours of Saturday, May 13, 2023, with family by her side easing her transition into eternal life.
We will remember Charlotte for her loving nature, her liveliness, and her occasional, endearing stubbornness. She loved her children, Patricia and Louise and was beyond proud of her grandchildren – Shannon White (and husband, Glenn), Adam Vaught (and wife, Ashley) & Andrew Vaught (and wife, Amy) and even more so her nine great-grandchildren – Zachary & Ethan Duick and Cole, Adilynn, Logan & Hudson Vaught, Riley Vaught and Rachel and Marisa Dorrett. The loss of her daughter, Patricia, wore heavy on her heart, so in heaven she will be reunited with her and so many of her friends and family that passed before her including her husband Dan, her brother David, and her sisters Regina, Mary & Alma. She is survived by her effervescent sister, Bernadette Grohol. She had a deep-rooted love for her extended family including the dozen nieces and nephews and cousins near and far.
Charlotte had a long and full life. She was born on July 7, 1925, in Baltimore, Maryland to her parents Helen (Hardesty) and Charles McKeldin. She would talk of growing up during the Depression and losing her dear Mother at a young age and the trial and tribulations during those challenging years – but she would focus on the happy memories an tell stories about not being the best student, but rather she was the athlete of the family and loved playing basketball and dancing – but most of all, the early bond that was built amongst her five siblings – and that remained a driving force all throughout her life - where the family would enjoy summer crab feasts, OCMD vacations, holiday parties, lake house visits and family reunions.
She was a proud Registered Nurse and retired from Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin), where she managed the industrial nursing clinic. She was known for keeping everyone in line and running a tight ship. She loved nursing and was well-respected within her profession and inspired her daughter Patricia to also become a nurse.
Her husband Dan was a WWII Veteran, and each summer they would attend the 991st Military Reunions – these were eagerly anticipated annual events – her and Dan visited most of the country and always had fun stories and postcards of their adventures. After her retirement she enjoyed square dancing, line dancing at the senior center as well as sewing, travelling and often her schedule was packed with bus trips and Red Hat Society luncheons with a core group of friends she cultivated over the years. She visited Germany and cruised to both Hawaii and Alaska – where there is proof of her exploring glaciers and white water rafting at the spry age of 70!
She was a breast cancer survivor but other than that she was remarkably healthy up until the last week before her passing and we’d all be rich if we took bets on someone guessing her actual age. We will miss her dearly, but we are so grateful for the time we had to spend with her and the happy memories we all hold near and dear. We will always feel her presence in our hearts.
Rest in Peace Charlotte…Mom Mom…Chotts.
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