Alice Eleanor Creager of Richmond, Virginia passed away at the age of 93 on February 26, 2021 after suffering a massive stroke. She was the daughter of Rev. Dr. John Samuel Hollenbach and Eleanor McCreary Barber of Manchester, MD. Alice was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, and continued her education years later by commuting from Winchester, VA to American University in Washington, D.C. to complete her Master’s Degree in Music.
Alice lived many of the best years of her life in Winchester, VA where she was the church organist and choir director at Christ Episcopal Church during the 1960’s. Her passion for music was unparalleled, as illustrated by the music she composed for Easter services for the preludes and processionals, with accompaniment by trumpets resounding from the balcony overhead. Chills went up and down your spine the music was so inspirational. The performances by her junior and adult church choirs were so beautiful they were broadcast on local radio stations over the holidays. Alice was also loved by her students while she was their college professor of music (in the late 1960’s) at Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music. Her love of music was only rivaled by her love of chocolate ice cream.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John Hollenbach, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Katherine (Lester) Hershey of Raleigh, N.C. She is also survived by her three children, Charles Creager (Jane) of Huntsville, AL, Roger Creager (Marie) of Richmond, VA and Karen Nitti (Len) of Wilmington, DE, and her seven grandchildren, Thomas, Alan, Emily, Kevin, Julia, and Caroline Creager, and Marshall Hunter.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 pm on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. A graveside service will follow the gathering at 3:00 p.m. at Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia.