CARLOW, Freda Mae (Babs) September 1, 1925 – January 10, 2013 Freda passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, January 10, and is now in the loving arms of her husband George who died seven months ago. Freda leaves behind her sister Joan Veitch and her adoring children, Wayne (Lee), Mark (Tanis), and Bonnie. She also leaves four grandchildren, Chris, Barbara, Jodi and Cameron, and six great-grandchildren, Cody, Austin, Samantha, Torin, Brynja and Caius, as well as loving nieces and nephews. Freda was born and raised in Victoria, BC. At the tender age of 10 she and little sister Joan lost their mother, Lillian, to tuberculosis. After graduating from Vic High in 1943, Freda worked for the Esquimalt dockyard. In 1945 she met and married George, a handsome RCAF serviceman who had just returned from 33 bombing missions over Germany. Dad was always fond of saying, "I chased her 'til she caught me". And so began a magnificent love story, enriched with the births of their children Wayne, Mark and Bonnie. When George returned to the service in 1951, Freda started her life as an RCAF wife and mother. Being extremely efficient and organized, and having an incredible sense of humour, Freda was the perfect partner in orchestrating the family's multiple moves in western Canada and ultimately in France and Germany. In the 60's while stationed at 1 Fighter Wing, Marville, France and 3 Fighter Wing, Zweibrucken, Germany, Freda worked as secretary for the RCAF base elementary schools. After George retired from the RCAF in 1970 they settled in Victoria and Freda joined the office staff at Esquimalt High School where she worked for 15 years. Not wanting to be a golf widow in her retirement, at 58 Freda learned to play golf, and like George, became a member of the Gorge Vale Golf Club. At that same age, not wanting to be dependent on George to drive her around, a very determined and ever practical Freda amazed everyone by getting her first driver's license. Their retirement years saw Freda and George enjoying their family and grandchildren and golf on the Island and Southern California during the winter months. In the last few years George lovingly cared for Freda as dementia gradually took its toll. In April 2012, with a heavy heart George handed Freda over to the very capable care of the staff at The Priory. This love story has not ended with Mom and Dad's deaths. It has begun again with Dad reaching out his arms to Mom, and as she enters his embrace we can clearly hear her say, as she always has, "Oh George". There will be a celebration of Freda's life at 11AM on Saturday, January 19 at the Sands Funeral Chapel, 317 Goldstream Ave. Colwood B.C., (250) 478-3821. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association of BC.
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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18, 2013