The world is a little less pink today and far too gray. You see pink was Haley Elizabeth Creech’s favorite color and she enjoyed it immensely. When she was 5 years old she announced to her family that she was “Super Pink Girl With Extra Strength”, a title that will always be hers. Pink will forever be entwined in our heats with our precious thoughts of Haley and will be our favorite color as well.
Haley went to meet the Lord on May 12, 2021, of that we have no doubt. In her final days, battling brain cancer, she assured us that she was no longer afraid and was ready to go to heaven. She was especially looking forward to seeing her grandparents and her good friend, Taylor McBride Towne. During Haley’s illness she endured much pain but never complained. She hated the hospitals but was always kind to the nurses and doctors, wanting to know their names and telling them of her cats, MJ and Delilah and showing them a video on her phone of MJ playing fetch. Haley also had an addictions to penguins and she wanted to see them up close but her health never permitted it.
Haley was a miracle more than once in her life, first surviving emergency heart surgery as an infant and again surviving a death experience at age 27. She was tougher than she looked and embraced the relentless rounds of chemo and MRIs and we all prayed for just one more miracle for Haley, but the Lord decided to grant her an eternal healing rather than temporary. Haley was covered with much prayer from her friends, especially those from the Blackville and Barnwell communities who loved her so much. God heard those prayers and they got her through each day. As her family, we can never thank each of you enough for loving our Haley and praying for her without ceasing. Now, we just look forward to the day we will all be reunited in heaven as promised by our savior, Jesus Christ.
Hayley Elizabeth Creech, age 29, passed away at her home in Aiken, surrounded by her family, after battling a brain tumor for 17 months. She was born February 21, 1992 to Michael Creech and Penny Hartzog Crider. She was a graduate of Barnwell High School, Class of 2012, where she was in the National Technical Honor Society and Beta Club. She went on to attend USC Salkehatchie and Aiken Technical College where she pursued a degree in nursing. Haley always had the heart of a caregiver and she found her place at Cumberland Village in Aiken. She created some of her most favorite memories there with both the residents and fellow staff and they will always be in her heart.
However, if you knew Haley, you knew who she loved the most, her brother Nathan Creech. From an early age she considered him to be hers and always kept the rest of us on our toes with regards to whether we had bought him the exact gift he wanted for his birthday or the proper candy for his Easter basket. The last words she spoke were of Nathan and she expressed concern for his future. When asked who she though should look after him she pointed to herself.
Survivors include her parents Michael Creech and Penny Hartzog Crider, step-father Bobby Crider, sisters Brittany (Adrian) Baer, Lauren (Josh) Simms, brothers Nathan Creech and Chad (Victoria) Crider. Other survivors are Madylyn Simms, Easton Crider, Tom (Carol) Sanderson, Blue (Brooke) Sanderson, Rebekah (Grayson) Mathis, her great aunts Kitty Bodiford, Peggy Creech, and numerous cousins; her best friend Tiffany Still and her son Chase, and her four-legged babies, MJ and Delilah.
Haley is predeceased by her grandparents Tommy and Kay Hartzog and Billy Gene and Pansy Creech.
Funeral Services will be held two o’clock p.m., Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the Blackville First Baptist Church with the Reverend Ken Frederick and Dr. Thomas Terry officiating; burial will be in the Double Pond Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from twelve-thirty p.m. until the time of the service at the Blackville First Baptist Church on Saturday. Due to the current pandemic and the CDC regulations, social distancing and other guidelines will be in place; facemasks are requested. The service will be live-streamed on our Official Folk Funeral Home - Live Stream Facebook page for those unable to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a penguin rescue, Penguin Foundation, at penguinfoundation.org.au or The National Brain Tumor Society at braintumor.org.
A heartfelt thank you to Brittney Jackson, Heather Schuler, Sandra Lott, Nikki Lynn Martin, Jessica Martin, Jennifer Martin Anderson, Karen and Steve Jowers, Ken and Debra Baer, Tonya Speed Clark and Taley Tuker for their love and support of Haley during this most difficult season of her life.
Folk Funeral Home Inc. and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Visit our on-line registry at www.folkfuneralhome.com.
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