Arlena Virginia Barker Creasman, 79, of North Wilkesboro, wife of LaMar Creasman, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at her home.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Kedron Nicholson officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Mrs. Creasman was born June 17, 1940, in Ashe County to Lee and Ilene Gilley Barker. She was a social worker at Wilkes County Social Services and retired from New River Mental Health as a counselor. She also specialized in working with children as a private counselor. She continued working for BROC Head Start as a counselor.

Arlena was a friend and caregiver to many. She gave herself to others every day of her life. She loved her family and her many friends. She especially loved her grandkids and great-grandkids, and made each of them always feel like they were the favorite.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Kathy Sapp; and her brothers-in-law, Delbert Sapp and Haskell “Frog” Hartsog.

She is survived by two daughters, Vickie Shupe Shew and husband, Claude Shew Jr., and Robin Shupe Keller and Dave Keller; one son, David Lee Shupe and wife, Karen Rhoades Shupe; five grandchildren, Chris Ferguson and wife, Jessica, Karrie Shew Combs and husband, Matthew, Maggie Shupe, Sophia Shupe and Amber Keller; six great-grandchildren, Levi Ferguson, Ty Ferguson, Bryce Ferguson, Tori Ferguson, Owen Combs and Addie Combs; one sister, Janet Hartsog; and three special nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to BROC Head Start, 701 Veterans Drive, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659; Wilkes ADAP Program, P.O. Box 968, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659; or the N.C. Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program, Wilkes County Center, Executive Drive, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697.

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