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Jean Marie Cregg

CUSD head nurse, teacher, world traveler, grandmother

Jeannie Cregg, born April 28, 1950 in Baltimore, died in Claremont on April 2 at the age of 68.

Jeannie was the second child to Frederick and Mildred Meyer. She graduated from Kenwood High School in Essex, Maryland in 1968, and from Western Maryland College in 1972 with a teaching degree in physical education. 

She taught PE for a year at Essex’s Eastern Vocational Technical School, and for four years in Houston, Texas. She and her husband Jim moved to San Diego in 1978, where they welcomed their son, James.

After two years in San Diego the family moved back to Maryland, settling in Frederick, where their daughter Jennifer was born in 1980. Three years later the Creggs moved West again, returning to San Diego. Toward the end of their time in San Diego the family spent seven months in The Netherlands while Mr. Cregg was on sabbatical.  

In 1989, the family relocated again, this time to Portland. There Ms. Cregg earned a degree in nursing and practiced at the VA and Shriners hospitals for six years. The family’s final move was to Claremont, in 1999.

She worked for several hospitals while living in Claremont before taking a head nursing position with the Claremont Unified School District, from where she retired in 2011.

Ms. Cregg enjoyed playing tennis, knitting, reading and other social interactions. She always looked forward to her biannual trips to Germany, where she enjoyed spending time with her grandsons and taking cruises with her husband, brother and sister-in-law. 

She is survived by her husband Jim; children James and Jennifer; brother Paul and sister-in-law Carol; grandsons Magnus, Garrett and Axel; cousins Mary and Fred Meyer of Omaha, Nebraska, and Barbara Scwisow of Spokane, Washington; a nephew and two nieces. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org/involved/donate, City of Hope at cityofhope.org/giving, or another cancer fighting organization.