Phyllis Mills Creamer, 96, of Syracuse, died peacefully and surrounded by her family July 7, 2018.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at the Butler-Badman Funeral Home, 4504 W. Seneca Tpke., Syracuse. Private burial will be in Onondaga County Veterans Cemetery.
She was born in Kane Pa., to Charles D. and Winifred R. Mills on Aug. 29, 1921. Phyllis was raised in Penn Yan, with six siblings. After graduating from Penn Yan Academy in 1939, she moved to Syracuse to attend Syracuse General Hospital School of Nursing. After graduation, she enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in England from 1943–1946 as a member of the 160th General Hospital, doing pioneering work in open heart surgery. It was her proud claim that her unit never lost a single patient who reached their operating table. She left the service in 1946 as a 1st Lieutenant.
She returned to Syracuse and resumed her nursing career with the Visiting Nurses Association. In 1947, she married John F. Creamer of Syracuse, and began a new career as wife and mother to five children. When the children were all off to school, she began working at Van Duyn Home and retired from Syracuse University Student Health Service.
She was an active member in many social organizations, served as the first female Commander of her VFW Post, doted on her grandchildren, and was chairperson of her PYA class reunions. She enjoyed her Indian Pines cottage by Keuka Lake.
She is survived by those five children: John M. (Stephanie), Carol (James) Dickson, Janice (William), Phyllis (John M), and Gail; three grandchildren, Erin (Robert), Elizabeth, and Andrew (Trang); three great-grandchildren, Victor, Annabelle, and Louis; her sister, Jeanne Creamer; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband in 2000. Until her death, she was the oldest living female veteran in New York State.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Honor Flight of Syracuse, Clear Path for Veterans or a charity of your choice.