DEE WERNER, O My Best Beloved….
Born Kathleen Ann to Jack & Lettie Creed on January 3rd, 1936 – died November 23rd, 2018. Survived by her husband of 49 years, Chris Schraw (Her King/Her Prince); best-quality Mother of 12, Grandmother of 9, Great Grandmother of 3, Cousin, Aunt & Neighbor (thanks, JC) .
Dee was a talented musician & prolific songwriter, performing her own liturgical songs for multi-denominational congregations & entertaining crowds with her always-personal and often hilarious lay songs at music festivals, coffee houses, bars and universities throughout Missouri & Illinois in the company of other prominent local musicians. She was also active in the St. Louis Civil Rights Movement; her tribute to Rosa Parks can be found on the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution under “Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.”
Dee was an avid reader who enjoyed spirited discussions with family & friends. She was also a gifted gardener and an accomplished cook, so these gatherings were usually attractive & delicious as well as entertaining.
Dee will be missed but never forgotten as we keep in mind this quote from her favorite author Kurt Vonnegut “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies… you’ve got to be kind” and do our best to follow her own words of wisdom, “Do good and avoid evil.”
An informal memorial for Dee will be open to family & friends on Wednesday November 28thfrom 4-7pm at The Focal Point venue @ 2720 Sutton Blvd. in Maplewood, MO. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.