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Freda M. Raker

Freda M. Raker, 85, of McConnellsburg, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2012 at her home with her family by her side. She was born November 15, 1926 in Saltillo, the daughter of the late Gerald and Ivy (Gress) Raker. After graduating from Huntingdon Business School, Freda worked for the E I Dupont Company in Deepwater, N.J., as an executive secretary from 1950 until 1972. In 1973, along with her long time friend Helen Overly, they started Overly-Raker Inc. where Freda served as the Vice President and creative director/designer until the company was sold in 1996. Overly-Raker Inc. was a world wide distributor and the largest manufacturer of soft sculpture gift items on the east coast; employing as many as 200 people in the Fulton County area. Freda was very involved in Fulton County, working in the background in many civic organizations. Though she had many business accomplishments, her family was her most important priority. Freda was a self taught artist, sculpture and designer, with many of her paintings displayed in homes in Fulton County. Freda is survived by her sister, Doris "Dorie" Fell of St. Thomas, PA; her long time friend and business partner, Helen I. Overly of McConnellsburg; six nieces and nephews, Kathrine (wife of Brentley) Gamble of McConnellsburg, Clifford (husband of Barbara) Hawkins Jr. of Mill Creek, Christopher (husband of Pamela) Hawkins of Smyrna, Del., Mark Fell of Chambersburg, Jason (husband of Linda) Fell of Old Town, Maine, and Martin (husband of Donna) Fell of Bangor, Maine. Freda is also survived by numerous great nieces and great nephews, (Jonathan Fell, Jenna Fell, Jason Fell Jr., Jocelyn Gamble, Justin Gamble, Bradley Hawkins, James Hawkins, Stephania Hawkins, Stefan Hawkins) and three great great nieces and nephews (Caleb Gamble, Garrett Hawkins and Paige Gamble). She is preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Ivy Raker; and one sister, Barbara Hawkins Moser. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, November 5, 2012 at the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2012 at McConnellsburg United Methodist Church. Interment will be held at Union Cemetery with the Rev. John Godissart officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation, 214 Peach Orchard Rd, McConnellsburg, PA 17233 or McConnellsburg United Methodist Church, c/o New Building Fund, 121 North Second St., McConnellsburg, PA 17233. Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 322 North Second St., McConnellsburg, will be handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelso-corneliusfuneralhome.com

Published in Public Opinion on Nov. 2, 2012
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