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Alice (Livesey) Freed


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Alice (Livesey) Freed Obituary
Alice Marie (Livesey) Freed

1924 - 2015 NAPLES, FL Alice Marie (Livesey) Freed, 90, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, 2015 after a brief illness. Alice was born on December 22, 1924 in Providence, RI, the daughter of Everett G. Livesey and Loyola (Coughlin) Livesey. She was the eldest of three sisters who spent summers with their cousins at Bristol Narrows, in a cottage her father had purchased with federal money received for his service in World War I. She was an excellent student and star tennis player, and loved figure skating in Roger Williams Park. She was vice president of her class and graduated from Saint Francis Xavier Academy in Providence in 1942, and although she received a scholarship to attend Roger Williams University, the war intervened and she went to work at the Providence Journal instead. She married her childhood sweetheart, Richard Anthony Freed, whom she had known since grade school but "didn't take a second look until he was 16" on March 29, 1948. Alice and Richard Freed moved to Woodstock, VT in 1956 and then to Granville, NY in 1959, where they raised eight children. She was a member of the Granville Board of Education and active in many capacities at St. Mary's Church and the Albany Catholic Diocese. She was an avid historian, producing a complete genealogy of both the Freed and Livesey families prior to the advent of the internet. Her research inspired the use of many ancestral names, such as Cafferty, Coughlin, Ashbee, Heaton, Livesey and McGovern, for her grandchildren. She was a talented musician and enjoyed playing the piano and singing in the choir at St. Mary's. She also loved to dance the jitterbug with her son, Michael. Her eldest grandchild, David Williams said, "I humbly learned from her that all people deserve respect when she invited a local man who lived in the woods by the quarry to Thanksgiving Dinner." She contributed to many local causes, including the municipal and youth centers in Granville. She hosted the first foreign exchange student at Granville High School, Adalton Caram of Brazil, who said, "One day you realize, most happily, that so much of what made her outstanding is very much the way Americans are." She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 67 years, Richard Anthony Freed, Sr., her sister, Ella Thompson of NH, and sister-in- law Dorothy Freed; her children, Patricia Williams of Queens-bury, NY, her children, David (and Beth) Williams and their children, Madison and Olivia, Nathan Williams, and Caitlin (and Paul) Drysdale and their children, Morgan and Lauren; Richard A. Jr. (and Sylea) Freed of Sarasota, Florida, and children, Soraya and (Lee) Rudofski and Richard (and Roberta) Freed III and children, Annabelle and Anthony; Walter (and Marge) Freed of Punta Gorda, FL, and their children, Jonathan (and Rachel) Freed and their child, Devon, Meghan (and Brenton) Walter and Meredith (and James) Strozier and their child, Laura; Martha (and David) Demick of Queensbury, and their children, Jeremy (and Paula) Martelle and their children, Jeremy and Julia and Jennifer (and Dan) Bailly and their child, Koel; Brian (and Gisele) Freed of Centennial, Colorado, and their children, James Freed, Alison and her child, Bryant, Abigail Freed and Thomas Freed; Kevin Freed of Pahrump, NV, Michael (and Paula) Freed of Grand Rapids, MI, and their children, Laura (and Nadira) Kharmai-Freed, Cheryl (and Nathan) Allis and their child, Maeve, and Caroline (and Thomas) Rogers; and John (and Linda) Freed of Granville, NY, and their children, Amanda (and Steve) Hale and their child, Steve III and John T. Freed, every one of whom she remembered with handwritten birthday cards. She is also survived by three nieces,(Peggy, Connie and Ellen) and three nephews, (Billy, Bobby and Hugh) as well as many Freed nieces and nephews. In the last years of her life, she and Richard were personally cared for by her son, Kevin and then by Cheryl Wilson of Granville, whose services are forever appreciated. Alice is predeceased by her sister, Loyola (Lola) of Cranston, RI. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours at the Robert M. King Funeral Home on 23 Church Street in Granville will be Friday, December 4th from 1 to 4p.m. Immediately following, we invite everyone to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting in Veteran's Park, which was Alice's favorite event. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Church, 23 Bulkley Ave., Granville on Saturday, December 5th at Noon with the Rev. Joseph Arockiasamy and Rev. Thomas Zelker presiding. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Middle Granville. A reception will be held at the American Legion Post 323, Columbus St., Granville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Granville Rescue Squad, POB 153, Granville, NY, to any of the village fire departments %Village of Granville, POB 208, Granville, NY 12832 or the ACC Foundation Inc, Freed and Livesey Trust Fund, 640 Bay Road, Glens Falls, NY 12804.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 2, 2015
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