Freda Mary Secrist

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Freda Mary Secrist

MANSFIELD: Freda Mary Secrist, age 98, of Mansfield passed away Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014 in Elmcroft of Ontario following a short illness.

She was born May 12, 1915 in rural Richland County, the youngest of nine children, to the late John T. and Mary (Files) Cates and was graduated from Butler High School.

On February 2, 1932 she married Raymond Secrist with whom she celebrated 55 years of marriage. He preceded her in death in 1987.

The mother of four boys, Freda dedicated most of her time caring for her family.

A lifelong area resident, she was a member of the Little Washington Grange, and was a member of Ontario Christian Fellowship in Ontario.

A loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Freda enjoyed crocheting, making blankets for all the new babies in her family. She also loved flower gardening.

She is survived by her four sons and daughters-in-law Jerry and Elizabeth Secrist of Germantown, Tennessee, Merle and Patricia Secrist, Ronald and LaDonna Secrist, and Stanley "Ed" and Carol Secrist all of Mansfield, 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers.

The Secrist family will receive friends Friday, April 18, 2014 from 3-5 pm in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Private burial will be in Bellville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio or the .

Private condolences to the Secrist family may be made by


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Published in the News Journal on Apr. 17, 2014
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