In Memory of Little Creek

Lucretia Donnell Coke Interview 1A screening doesn’t go by without several people telling me how wonderful Lucretia Donnell Coke (March 28, 1917 – April 27, 2016) is and how she’s definitely the star of the documentary. I knew this would be the case when we first met and sat down back in October 2010 to record her memories of her friend and mentor Frank Reaugh. I didn’t know Lucretia long, but I imagine throughout her entire life, she was stealing the scene. She had this magnetic personality, and once you caught her smile, you wanted to be near her —shoot, you wanted to be her. She led an incredible life. Her children, Carilane Newman Vieregg, Lucretia “Bonnie” Newman Pohl, and Earl Donnell Newman share her story in this full tribute. (Please click this link or the sunset photo to the right for the full story and service information.)

Tea PartyJust recently, (April 3rd) we were blessed to sit down and visit with Lucretia and her daughters at our recent screening at the Hill Country Film Indie Series in Fredericksburg, TX. Shannon and the leading ladies of RS Hanna Gallery threw a wonderful tea party in Lucretia’s honor.

She was glowing as she reminisced about Mr. Reaugh, her art, and family. All day she would thank everyone for all we were doing for her and for sharing Reaugh’s story, but we were the thankful ones. She was more than Mr. Reaugh’s student. She was his protégé, friend, and champion of his legacy.

West Texas Mesa

We will miss you little “Creek,” a nickname as a child from her camp days and sometimes signed on her beautiful artwork. She was also our “Lady Maximus” in Mr. Reaugh’s club for little girls, the Striginians. To us here, she will always be our “Superstar Lucretia,” who we will miss dearly.

Tell Mr. Reaugh, or as you called him dear Lucretia, “Ursa Major” howdy for us!

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6 Responses to “In Memory of Little Creek”

  • Greg & Marsha Kinney Says:

    How lucky we were to have met her a few weeks back. And what a great poem (and photograph).

    I’m so glad you got her on tape for posterity!


  • Bruce DeFoor Says:

    I had many good visits with Lucretia over the years. I had the honor of filming her doing a painting in Mr. Reaugh’s style.

    The last time I saw her, I met her and her daughter on location at the Red River and we all painted together where Mr. Reaugh did.

    All great memories,


  • Maggie Gillespie Says:

    I so loved being a part of that weekend of special events and getting to meet Lucretia and her family. Telling stories together was truly wonderful. What an amazingly vital lady she was. Thank you to the entire Hanna family for such a memorable afternoon.


  • Curtis Peoples Says:

    Sorry to hear this. I’m so glad I was able to meet her.


  • Bonnie Rea Says:

    What an inspiration to so many! Lucretia was such a talented early Texas artist. She was the first of Mr. Reaugh’s students to make me realize his importance to the art world. I so admired her talent to personify his teachings.

    With love,


  • Meredith Stephens Says:

    I am so sad to receive this news.

    Lucretia lived a blessed, charmed life! A maverick, a visionary, and by all accounts, she was a woman who made a difference in many, many lives.

    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

    Meredith Stephens