Nellie M. Correa, 96, of Goodyear, AZ passed from a life well-lived on May 26, 2019. She was born on January 4, 1923 to Paulino Macias and Josefa Soto Macias in Kansas City, KS, but was raised by her mother and step-father Juan Cortinas. She had 4 half-sisters: Elvira, Mary, Josephine and Juanita.
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.
After the children were all well into school, Mrs. Correa began a long work life in the 1950’s. First, she worked at a local high school. 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 left KS and moved to Broomfield, CO to be near her grown children, moving into a new home built by Robert’s home-building company. We were all proud of that. Still want-ing to go further West, the various family members moved to Arizona. Robert again built lovely homes for his mother, one in Peoria and later another in Payson. She was definitely a 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 found it necessary to move back to the Valley for medical care.
Nellie is survived by daughters Virginia of Litchfield Park, AZ and Rose of Phoenix; 3 grand-children: Robert Jones (Shawn); Jill Kismet (Kevin), and Brian Rooth (Monse) and half-sister Josephine of Ponca City, OK. She leaves 9 great-grandchildren and was preceded in death by husband, son, and son-in-law Scott W. 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.