Cathryn Pauline Creasman, 94, former Girl Scout president, Coastal Carolina Council

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Cathryn Pauline Creasman
Cathryn Pauline Creasman

Cathryn Pauline Creasman, 94, daughter of the late Henry C. and Gussie Cordell Creasman, was born August 26, 1921, in Asheville and died Sunday April 3, 2016, in Wilmington.

Cathryn was a graduate of Western Carolina University, where she was awarded the McGee Service Award, Best Female College Citizen, and served as student body president her senior year. She did additional graduate work at UNC, NC State, University of Georgia, Cornell and Harvard. Upon graduation from college, she taught high school social sciences for 11 years.

During her teaching career, she became a senior Girl Scout leader and council president of Coastal Carolina Council. In 1953, she became executive director of Coastal Carolina Girl Scout Council in Sanford, a professional career that spanned 30 years of service. She served as director of field services in Coastal Carolina Goldsboro, from 1961 to 1965. In 1965, she moved to Greenville as executive director of Old 96 Girl Scout Council until her retirement in 1983.

Moving back to North Carolina in 1983, she settled in Wilmington and became a Girl Scout volunteer, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Coastal Carolina Council and NC Coastal Pines in Raleigh. Her scouting career exceeded 65 plus years.

Cathryn was a lifelong member Girl Scouts of USA. She was awarded Thanks Badge I and II, the highest award of GSUSA. She also received the Old 96 Pin, and the Silver Sea Gulf of Coastal Carolina Council. In 2005, she was awarded President Bush’s Volunteer Service Award for over 4,000 hours of volunteer service. In 2006, the Girl Scout Council of Coastal Carolina named a building at Camp Pretty Pond in her honor. In 2007, Coastal Carolina Girl Scout Council and the Association of Baptists for Scouting awarded her the Good Shepherd Award. Cathryn was a lifelong Baptist and an active member wherever she lived. She had currently been a member of First Baptist Church of Carolina Beach, where she taught Adult Ladies Sunday School Class for more than 29 years, served as chair of Personnel Committee and various tasks forces. She was also listed in Who’s Who American University Women.

She is survived by a nephew, Larry Clay Creasman Sr. (spouse, Laura) of Asheville; a niece, Lynn Rodriguez (husband, Tim) of Navarre, Fla.; great-nephews, Clay Creasman Jr. and Justice Rodriguez; great-niece, Michelle Creasman; and numerous Girl Scouts, former students and church friends.

A special thank you to three remarkable ladies in Cathryn’s life, Libby Loudermilk, Connie Lowe and Salena Warlick. They were like her daughters, who cared and loved her unconditionally.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at First Baptist Church of Carolina Beach with the Rev. Alicia Porterfield officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the First Baptist Church of Carolina Beach, Girl Scouts of America, Wilmington Council, or the New Hanover Humane Society.

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