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Arlene I. (Floyd) Freed


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Arlene I. (Floyd) Freed Obituary
Freed, Arlene I. (Mrs. Floyd) of Sumner, was born in rural Sumner to William and NinaBelle Barnes October 31, 1923; she passed on from her earthly home to her heavenly home to be with Floyd and God on March 4, 2018. Her biologic Mother died instantly due to a fatal reaction from a diphtheria inoculation when Arlene was 4; this has been her strongest memory of her Mother. Eventually her Dad remarried Ester, who was a wonderful Step-Mom and Grandma. Arlene graduated from Carson City H.S. in 1942. She and Floyd were married in California December 5, 1942 and lived there until Floyd was sent overseas during WWII, at which time she came home to Michigan. While here their first child, Jerry, was born at Smith Memorial Hospital; he and his Mom had only each other until Floyd was honorably discharged in 1946. After Jerry's birth, she and her sister-in-law, Betty (Bill) Freed along with Betty's young daughter lived together in Alma while both husbands were overseas. They purchased a farm, and she became a "farmer's wife", which she thoroughly enjoyed. Their second child, Lucinda, was born during this period in Alma. She and Floyd celebrated 71 years of marriage in 2013; they had a strong and loving marriage until his passing March 1, 2014 after an ORV accident on the farm the end of January. Arlene had many special things she truly enjoyed. Everyone in her neighborhood can remember her daily bicycle trips around the mile section, during which she would stop and talk to anybody who was outside, much to Dad's dismay as he sat home wondering why she had not returned sooner. A few times he went looking for her. She was a member of the "TOPS" club for weight loss for well over 40 years. She had achieved the special "KOPS" recognition and awards night. As she aged and could no longer keep her weight up high enough to reach her designated weight, she would put rolls of quarters in her pocket so she could weigh in as needed. She enjoyed the Food with Friends at the Sumner Senior Center on Wednesday and has missed attending while she was at Schnepp's Senior Care for 3 ½ months. She loved family gatherings; she loved all the special occasion open houses provided by Jerry and Carol at her church. She loved Carol's selection of new clothes for her. She loved their farm as well as Jerry's and Carol's Barnes-Freed Centennial Farm and the annual Apple Butter Day held there; she has requested that we continue the tradition. She loved having her special chicken sandwich at Alma Wendy's. She and Dad were fortunate to have been able to travel to many places for Dad's annual Army reunions as well as her various TOPS events. When her children were older she went to work outside the home, working at Wolverine, Redman Motors, and Plasti-Fiber; because of her job, she become friends with Kay (Jerome) Hoffman, and they have remained close friends. Arlene is survived by her children Jerry and Carol, including their children Larry Richards (Lindsay) and their daughter Kaylee, who named her G-Grandma "GiGi" at the age of 2 because she couldn't say Great Grandma; Cheri ( Todd) Krajniak and their children Hannah, Abby, and Ben; Nichole (Jim) Berridge and their children Maddy, Mason, and Braden. Daughter Cindy Mackie has Jeff Husted and his son Geoffrey; Jill (Brian) Neely and their children Camden, Atira, Cian; Kevin (Bridget) Husted and their children Brent and Larissa; Josh Husted and his daughter Payton, who loved her GG so very much; Alishia (Lucy) Husted and their children Brian and Preston; Jessica Husted-Mackie; Jordan Husted and his children Seine, Amare; Micah Mackie; Logan Mackie; Angela (Joshua) Pratt and children Roman and Salem. She is also survived by Sisters-in-Law Betty Freed, Nina Freed Curtis, Dorothy Freed, Margaret Freed, Jo Barnes; Brother-in-Law David (Joan) Freed; half siblings IdaJean (John) Krantz, Jack (Pat) Barnes, Jean Bidwell, Mike (Carol) Barnes, Bob (Pat) Barnes. She has many special cousins including Pat and Elmer Freed who have been so helpful with her; Les and Alverta Freed; as well as all the "Apple Butter Gang" and many special nephews and nieces, Jack and Nina Kipp, Danny (Kristin) Barnes, Wayne (Diane) Stearns, Nina Stearns, Arlene was preceeded in death by her husband Floyd, her Mom and Dan, Step-Mom, son-in-law Bruce Mackie, Brothers and Sisters-in-Law Howard (Rosie), Hubert (Mildred), Mary (Clayton) Stearns, Bill Barnes. a special niece Betty. Floyd's family members: Ed and Anna (VanCleeve) Freed, Virgil (Hulda), Bill Freed, Don (Lucy), Audley (June), James Freed. Visitation for Arlene will be Wednesday, March 7 at Lux Schnepp Funeral Home in Riverdale from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. Christian services will be Thursday, March 8 at Lincoln Rd. United Methodist Church with Pastor Lyne and Pastor Carl officiating. Internment will be at Sumner Cemetery in the family mausoleum. For those who wish may make Memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the Sumner Senior Center Food w/Friends or to the Lincoln Rd. Church.
Published in Morning Sun on Mar. 7, 2018
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