Peg Creed volunteered tirelessly for the St. Pete Beach community.
In April, 1973, Danny Walker met Peg Creed when he interviewed with the city of St. Pete Beach. She took him to lunch.
On Monday afternoon, Mr. Walker – the city’s former city manager – fought tears as he talked about his affection for her.
"Over the years she was always the same," he said. "She was a great person, and I am so honored... To be here today."
Mr. Walker spoke at the unveiling of Peg Creed Park, a waterfront park in the north end of the city. Peg Creed dedicated much of her life to the city and its residents; Monday afternoon, the city and its residents posthumously dedicated a park to her. Ms. Creed died in the spring of 2012.
“I know mom is very appreciative of this. The beach meant a lot to her; it was her life," her son Doug said. “She loved the water and the look of the sun.”
The park, at the west end of 90th Avenue, faces Blind Pass and Sunset Beach to the west and Gulf Boulevard to the east. Ms. Creed, a common face at city hall and a tireless volunteer receptionist for the city as well as a volunteer for the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum.
One of Ms. Creed’s closest friends, Sally Yoder, remembers Ms. Creed best for her “friendship, devotion to the community, and how she liked her soup extremely hot.”
Ms. Yoder’s soup memory was not the only food-related memory of the well-known beach face. Other friends spoke of Ms. Creed’s baking.
"She made the best lemon meringue pie and she made it for me," Friends of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum President Spencer Lucas said.
Others recalled her bringing them anniversary cakes or chocolate chip cookies.
Fittingly, the city celebrated the park dedication with lemonade giant chocolate chip cookies.