Thursday, October 15, 2009


Nell Creer was a last minute replacement in the group of girls sent to Zion National Park. She replaced Marjorie Burrows, who got a leading role in the university play and had to back out. Nell was said to be the first girl from Spanish Fork to earn a college degree when she graduated from the University of Utah in 1922. After graduating, she taught in several local high schools until she married a doctor in 1930 and moved to California. She made a big impression on her students at Murray High School. One of her students, now in her mid-nineties, still can vividly recall what she learned under her watchful eye. Nell was left handed, and that intrigued her students so much that they all tried to write left-handed, too. She organized a girls' basketball team, and they would play against the University of Utah's team when they couldn't find another high school to play. Nell also trained and directed a posture team of 32 girls for an invitational meet at Brigham Young University, where they won first and second place awards during the four years that they entered. (Now, why don't they bring back that competition? Our modern high school students would be better off for it, I think.) Nell had met her future husband, John Frame, while going to the University of Utah. He finally came back to get her after going out of state to medical school. Nell must have loved to work with youth because in Los Angeles, during World War II, she organized large public dances for youth in the American Legion Hall. She felt that it was better for the youth of the city to have a fun place to go and socialize, under supervision, than to be aimlessly wandering the streets on Friday nights. 1,800 to 2,000 students would come to the dances every Friday where name bands and movie stars would entertain them. Nell had 2 sons of her own, but her youngest son was killed in an automobile accident while on his way to Brigham Young University. After his death, Nell dove into genealogy, and produced several books on her and her husband's family history, for which John and I are very grateful. We haven't been able to contact any of her family, so her own words about her life that she wrote in her family histories have been very helpful in getting to know her.

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