Doris Creamer Gallagher


Doris Creamer Gallagher died peacefully, Aug. 14, 2022, at 89. Although she died in Greenville, South Carolina, her heart was always in Fairhope, Alabama.

Born on Dec. 11, 1932, to Edna and Pink Creamer, Doris was raised in Fairhope during the aftermath of the Great Depression and the upheaval of WWII. She was fortunate enough to be surrounded by siblings and numerous other family members throughout her young life, which made even the hardest times some of the most loving ones.

Fairhope, to her, was a safe haven with wonderful memories of growing up on the bay, swimming and socializing, losing herself in the magic of the movie theater, cheerleading at Fairhope High School and becoming the May Day Queen. She also met and married her husband Joe Gallagher there, where she raised her family. She will probably be remembered by most people as a schoolteacher, who taught at Christ the King, Daphne Elementary and Middle, and Fairhope Elementary. In many cases she taught two generations of family members.

Although she spent 75 of her 89 years in Fairhope, she had several adventures into the outside world: Huntingdon College, University of North Texas, living in Austin, Texas for two years, and closing out her long life in Greenville. Recently, upon hearing that she had lived 32,349 days, she remarked, "...most of them have been good days, because most of them were in Fairhope."

She is survived by her son Pat and his family, Ann Gassenheimer and Milo Gallagher and by her daughter, Stacey and her family, David Wheeler, Zachary and Amanda Wheeler, Phillip Wheeler and Dakota Egglefield, Hannah and Will Futrell, great-grandson Henry Futrell and great-granddaughters Sydney Wheeler and Frances Futrell.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Episcopal Church, Garden of the Resurrection, in Daphne, Alabama at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2022.