Freda Gallant

  • " Dear Ray and Family, My sincere sympathies to all of..."
  • "Dear Aunt Freda, I am happy you are now home with you..."
    - Marty
  • "Freda was like a second mother to me.The whole Gallant..."
  • "Freda and Ray were our neighbors many years ago. Very nice..."
    - Joan and Bud Campbell
  • "My sincere condolences to Ray and the family. I very much..."
    - Dianne O'Connell

Long time Alaska resident Freda W. Gallant died peacefully in Anchorage with family and friends at her side on July 11, 2011.

Born in Brandsville, Missouri, Freda was the first child of Swiss immigrants, Adolph and Anna Wyss. Raised in Grace, Idaho, her father was the town blacksmith and her mother owned and operated Wyss Dairy.

Freda graduated from the University of Idaho in 1937 and began teaching school in the mountains of central Idaho. During the early days of World War II, she moved to Los Angeles, California to work. In 1942 she met a young Marine stationed at North Island Terminal, Raymond A. Gallant. They were married October 6, 1942 in Yuma, Arizona.

When the family was transferred to Alaska in 1962 with the Marine Corps, Freda developed a love affair with the state, its natural beauty, its rich diversity of wildlife, and the cultural heritage of its people. She read extensively, travelled the world, and passionately supported animal rescue organizations and the Alaska Zoo.

A devout Christian, she made lifelong friendships and treasured those friends greatly. She volunteered for many years at the old Alaska Native Service Hospital and the Anchorage Museum gift shops.

Preceded in death by her sister, Betty, she leaves behind her loving husband Ray, son Douglas, and daughter Leslie, all of Anchorage. Also, surviving her are grandsons Brendon Gallant of Anchorage, and Taylor Haywood of St. Louis, MO, sister Jo Merwin in Spokane, WA, brother Robert Gary Wyss, of Grace, ID, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins in the United States, Switzerland, and Germany.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, August 6, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alaska Zoo or the Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 23 to July 24, 2011