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SHE LIVED Dorrine Elizabeth Creek was born on November 10, 1955, in Jewell, Maryland, to Maurice Sr. and Helen Creek. She was the 8th child of 9 siblings. Dorrine was educated in the Anne Arundel County Public School System. In 1973, she graduated from Southern Senior High School, Harwood, MD.
Dorrine’s faith was unwavering! Throughout her illness, she never doubted God’s promise of a miracle. Through it all, (chemo treatments, radiation treatments, stem cell treatments, loss of her hair, and the loss of her appetite), she continued to acknowledge the Lord in all of her ways. She didn’t complain because she knew where her help came from – the Lord--Psalms 121. Her miracle of total and complete healing from Multiple Myeloma was manifested on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 9:38 p.m., as her children and husband ushered her into the presence of the Lord; reassuring her that when this life was over, she would wear her crown.
Dorrine, affectionately known as “We” or “Wee Wee”, came from a large and loving family. Dorrine was an active but quiet child. Her childhood was filled with many memorable times. She would often say that they didn’t have much in those days, but they had each other. As a young child she enjoyed many childhood games such as hopscotch, kickball and hula-hooping. According to her sister, Mary, she could out hula-hoop anyone. As a child, growing up on Jewell Road, she had a favorite pastime of sitting under the big pear tree with her sisters and childhood friends while waving at the cars as they drove by. In her early teen years, Dorrine would stay active by helping her mother and sisters around their home (on Jewell Road) by cooking, cleaning, and gardening. She often talked about dreading having to come home from school to work in the tobacco fields. She said that she felt most comfortable attending to the tasks inside the home. The holidays were especially memorable for her because she enjoyed the company of her large family. Christmas was indeed her absolute favorite time of the year. She just loved the closeness of family during this time of year. To her, the family bond was unbreakable.
Over the years, Dorrine grew fond of two very special people, Deacon Chester and Missionary Annie Mackall. Their many road trips to Williamsburg, VA (Captain George's Seafood restaurant) and Red Lobster, Lancaster, PA, and Virginia Beach was priceless. They had their favorite stops along the way, making certain that Golden Coral, Red Lobster and Cracker Barrel was on the list of stops. Her travel buddies extended to the Bethel Kitchen Committee as well. Dorrine loved to travel with her family. She made certain that her children experienced life outside of Calvert County by making sure they were active with summer camps and the church youth ministry. Dorrine traveled to many places such as Chicago, Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, and the Bahamas, just to name a few. She especially loved the Bahamas and was looking forward to returning there on her upcoming cruise, but the Lord decided to take her on a better trip to a paradise fit for His children.
SHE LAUGHED Dorrine’s laugh was infectious, especially when she was with her family or her friends. She had a Jovial and piercing laugh that identified the jolly person she was. Although there are many identifiable laughs within the family; however, when Dorrine laughed, you knew it was her. Many would find themselves laughing because she was just so tickled pink about something. Even in her sickness, she remained jubilant. She never complained and was never hard to please. A stroll down the aisle of her favorite stores, (Giant, Safeway, Shoppers Food, Walmart, and The Dollar Tree) was all she needed after a long day at work or after her chemo treatments. Certainly, her day after a chemo treatment was not complete until she visited a Chick-fil-a.
SHE LOVED Dorrine met the love of her life, Alvin Jones, at her sister’s (Mary) 16th birthday party and little did she know that that night would change the course of her life forever. On March 6, 1976, she married Alvin and from this union, five beautiful children were born. Her family was her heartbeat. She nurtured and loved her husband and children just as a virtuous woman would. Dorrine made her home her priority and desired to be home to take care of her growing family. She would often babysit other children to help other parents in need.
Dorrine was always thinking of others, putting others needs before her own. She had a way of encouraging and uplifting everyone around her with a meek and humble spirit. She truly embodied the spirit of a counselor. Her motto was: "You live and you learn."
Every individual that came in contact with her could feel her love and care for them through a warm hug, kind gesture or through comforting words. However, her love extended beyond her family. Her love could be felt by her children’s school buddies, college roommates and friends. She would feed them as if they were her own children. She would send them dinner plates and they looked forward to it too. She LOVED to feed anyone who came to the house, if you left her dining room table hungry, it was your fault. Her wonderful southern, home cooked meals fed many hungry souls. You could feel her love through her food (lasagna, greens, green beans, bbq ribs and chicken, sage and oven fried chicken), and let's not forget her famous “Sunday Tea”. She was known to make some of the recipes that were passed down from her mother and her sisters such as: raisin dumplings, chicken salad and potato salad. At family functions, Dorrine was the baked sweet potato queen. And as labor intensive as it was, she would often surprise her mother with a bowl of heavenly hash at Christmastime.
In her early adult years, Dorrine was employed as a 411 Direct Assistance Operator with C&P Telephone. Her siblings would often call the 411 line to see if she would answer the call—she never did. Dorrine returned to the workforce in 1988 as a Fiscal Clerk with the Calvert County Department of Social Services. She was employed with DSS for 27 years until her health began to decline. She thoroughly loved her time at DSS. She would often say that they were going to fire her because she was ALWAYS late.
Dorrine was introduced to the Lord at an early age where she attended Peters United Methodist Church in Dunkirk, MD. On January 11, 1976, Dorrine made her calling and election sure. She was baptized in Jesus’ name at a winter revival service where Bishop Miles Murdith preached the Word of God. On February 11, 1976 she received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost during another revival service where Bishop Ralph Green preached the Word of God. She often said that accepting the Lord in her life and having a personal relationship with Him was the best decision she could have ever made.
Dorrine was a faithful member of Bethel Way of the Cross Church for many years. She was blessed to sit under the leadership of Bishop Jacob A. Green, Bishop Allen H. Easton, and Bishop Darnell Easton. Dorrine wasn’t one to get up to speak in front of a crowd. But, when she spoke, she encouraged you with powerful words of wisdom. She always found her hands working to help others. She was a faithful member of the Helping Hands Club, the Discipleship Ministry, Missionary Ministry, the Children’s Church Ministry, and The Women’s Chorus (Sisterhood Choir) where she led the song “My Help” based from one of her favorite scriptures - Psalms 121.
Dorrine was preceded in death by her brother: Wilbur Creek; nephews: Robert (Bug) Wilkerson Jr., Edmond G. Young Jr.; niece: Michelle Young, Sheena Creek; cousin and brother-in-law: Richard Creek; Father-in law: Milton B. Jones Sr.; Mother-in-law: Vivian L. Jones; brother-in-law: Milton B. Jones Jr.; and close family friend: Frank Allen Booth. She leaves to carry her legacy and cherish her memory: her loving husband of 42 years and 3 months, Alvin H. Jones Sr.; five children: LaVonya Echols (O’Brien), Alvin Jones Jr. (Juanita), Phelicia Jones, Yolanda Miller (Sean), and Britney Jones. Five grandchildren: Brieana Echols, Joshua Echols, Nylah Miller, Jeremiah Jones, and Nathan Miller. Her parents, Maurice and Helen Creek; siblings, Gloria Wilkerson, Barbara Young (Russell), Maurice Creek Jr. (Beverly); Margaret Young (Edmond Sr.), Elmer Creek Jr. (Doris), Mary Adams (Bob), and Angela Creek. Brother-in-law: Wilbert M. Jones; Sister-in-law: Evyonne Jones, Diane Creek. Godchildren; Lekisha Lee, Sabrina Simms, Lateashna Gray, Jack (JT) Barlow Jr., Devan Miles, Shequanda Creek, one Honorary Godchild, Aneisa L. Simon. Special friends: Chester and Annie Mackall, Carol Jean Hall, Tracy Morgan, Alicia Middleton, Gussie Griffin, Cora Smith, Linda Edmonds, Patricia Jones, and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and relatives.