Nellie Macias Correa


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Nellie Macias Correa Nellie M. Correa, 96, passed from a life well-lived on May 26, 2019. She was born on January 4, 1923 to Paulino Macias and Josefa Soto Macias (their only child) in Kansas City, KS. Her oldest half-sister Elvira Bustillo Vasquez married and left the family home. Later her mother married Juan Cortinas and soon was joined by younger half-sisters Mary Cortinas Avila, Josephine Cortinas Buitron, and Juanita Cortinas Palacio. Mrs. Correa went to school in Kansas City, KS and received a GED. In 1937 she married Louis Mejia Correa and they had 3 children: daughters Virginia (Ginny) Correa Creager, PhD; Rose Marie Correa Rooth, EdD; and son Robert Alexander Correa, B.S. In her children's school, Nellie volunteered many classroom hours, prepared home-baked cookies for fund raisers, designed and sewed costumes for various activities and was quite active in the PTA as historian and scrapbooker. After the children were all well into school, Mrs. Correa began a long work life in the 1950's. First, she was a baker and food service worker at Argentine Jr.-Sr. High school in Kansas City, KS. As a result, she was well-acquainted with teaching staff as well as the student body. Somehow, she was already planting the seed that education was important to her children's future and that college would be part of it. Both mother and father never let the children forget that goal. Later she worked in manufacturing and eventually engaged with management and employees to establish the steel workers union, thereby securing pension rights for participants at a company which later became Office Max. She retired in 1985 with her own earned retirement pension. After retirement Nellie moved to Broomfield, CO to be near her grown children. She promptly moved into a new home built by Robert's home-building company. We were all proud of that. Still wanting to go further West, the various family members agreed to move to Arizona, where Robert again built lovely homes for his mother. The first was in Peoria and later another home in Payson. She was definitely the matriarchal influence in this small but active family. In Payson, Nellie was active in AARP and in voter registration until she was side-lined by the eventual need for hip replacement surgery and she and some of the family found it necessary to move back to the Valley for medical care. Her latest "home" was Estrella Estates in Goodyear where she had many friends and was fond of her exercise class and the vivacious instructor! Nellie is survived by daughters Virginia and Rose and 3 grandchildren: Robert Jones (Shawn); Jill Rooth Kismet (Kevin), and Brian Rooth (Monse) and half-sister Josephine. She had 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents, husband Louis, son Robert, and son-in-law Scott Creager. Celebration of Life Service is Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10:00 A.M. at The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Rd., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 with reception immediately following at Church Hall.
Published on July 3, 2019
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