BRENDA LYNETTE FREED
LONDON - Brenda Lynette Freed, 62, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at her home in London, Ohio.
She was born on Feb. 13, 1952, in Washington, Iowa, to Levi and Cora Ropp Miller.
Brenda married Marcus Landis Freed on June 14, 1974, in Goshen, Indiana. They were happily married for almost 40 years, becoming parents of three and grandparents of 12.
Brenda graduated from Iowa Mennonite High School in Kalona, Iowa, in 1970. She earned a BA in Education from Eastern Mennonite University in 1974 and a MA in Education from the University of Dayton in 1999. Brenda taught school for 25 years, many of those years as a first grade reading specialist, until she entered disability retirement in July 2008.
Brenda was a member of London Christian Fellowship, where she participated on the worship team and on the fellowship committee. She also volunteered at Madison County Hospital, London Correctional Institution, and the Country Closet Thrift Shop.
Brenda enjoyed puzzles, such as Sudoku and Cryptoquotes, and exercise such as biking, having biked over 20,000 miles in the last 16 years.
Brenda is survived by her husband, Marcus of London, Ohio; her children, Ryan Freed, married to Kris, of London, Ohio, Shaun Freed, married to Joy of Xenia, Ohio and Kara married to Jeff Thoman, of London, Ohio; and her grandchildren, Kalvary, Kaelyn, Glory, Jonah, Elena, Malachi, Kolby, Greta, Korban, Jackson, Landis, and Obadiah. Also surviving are her parents Levi and Cora (Ropp) Miller of London; brothers and sisters, Karla Knief, London, Ohio, Noel Miller of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Jerryl Miller of Reinholds, Pennsylvania, Marcia Fuller of Plainfield, Indiana, Dana Bontrager of Goshen, Indiana, Ronda Nissley of Springfield, Ohio, Kenlyn Miller of Harrisonburg, Virginia and Kirby Miller of Irwin, Ohio; and other relatives.
Brenda faced two significant health challenges in the last seven years. In 2007 she lost much of her memory and almost her life to encephalitis. In 2011, she was diagnosed with cancer. As her perceptions of earth seemed to dim, her perceptions of heaven increased. She spoke often of her dependence on God and acknowledged his help with the words: To God be the glory!
Friends may call at the London Christian Fellowship from 2-4 and from 6-8 p.m. Saturday April 12. Celebration of Life Services will be held at the Maranatha Community Fellowship in Plain City, Ohio at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, with Pastor Robert Swartz officiating. Interment and graveside services will follow at the Paint Memorial Cemetery, London. A memorial service will be held London Correctional Institution by invitation only. EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main St., London, is serving the family.
Donations in memory of Brenda may be made to Rosedale Mennonite Missions and designated: Ride for Missions (Brenda Freed).
Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.
Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home
103 North Main Street London, OH 43140
Published in The Madison Press from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2014