Freda Lewis

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Freda Moser Lewis
October 20, 1936 - October 16, 2012
My wife, Freda Moser Lewis was born in Star Valley, Auburn, Wyoming on 20 October 1936. She stepped out of this world, unexpectedly, on 16 Oct 2012 as her heart failed her. Freda was the daughter of Evan and Theo Moser, She was the second child of six children, Boyd, Freda, Darwin, Van, Lael, Connie.
Freda was raised in Star Valley until age 12 when the family moved to Weiser, Idaho and bought a farm by the old Weiser River iron Bridge. Freda graduated from Weiser High School in 1954. She was a member of Weiser's championship marching band. Freda learned how to work hard, tying wire tie bales, cooking for farm crews and doing farm chores and riding her favorite horse.
She loved to dance and perform in pantomimes in school and church. Freda was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served in numerous church callings throughout her life, seminary teacher, Relief Society worker, Sunday School and youth organizations. Freda and I served for 18 months on an LDS mission in Great Britain. It was a high point in her life and mine.
Her brother Boyd brought home a stray (Freda often said), named Eddy Lewis. We were married on 3 September 1955 in Weiser and later sealed in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple in 1958. Following that marriage the five joys of our life were born, Sheryl Ann, Lamar, Lance, Trena, Wendy.
Freda and I traveled together before the kids came along, Wyoming and Idaho and then Fort Gordon, GA and Fort Huachuca, Arizona when I was drafted. 1958 and Sheryl was born at Fort Huachuca. In 1961 we settled in Boise on Collister Drive and the rest of the family arrived. We motor homed across the US, drove across Canada and held memorable family reunions at Lake Cascade for over 30 years.
In 1969 we moved to a home by Middleton, Idaho. The children graduated from Middleton High School. We spent the next 43 years in that home, celebrating 57 years of marriage in September.
Freda Lewis was one of the hardest working ladies I ever met. She had small hands that were never idle, always engaged in work and play. Sewing, upholstery, gardening, quilting and the love of her life, a beautiful but work demanding yard.
Each of our 25 Grandchildren is a star in her world. Freda devoted her whole life to the welfare of her husband and family. She was the original Christmas kid. She exulted in finding the right present for each member. A family rule was that Freda would work some part time job and all that money was to be used for Christmas. She skinned mink, did city directory surveys, worked as a Bailiff, delivered telephone directories and a dozen other kinds of jobs.
Freda's parents and Boyd and Darwin and Lael all left this earth before her. She leaves behind her husband of 57 years and Sheryl Ann and Shawn Flanary of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Lamar and Fayann Lewis of Middleton, ID, Lance and Jenny Lewis of Meridian, ID, Trena and John Moore of Houston, TX. and Wendy Lewis Calkins of Boise, ID. And of course 25 Grandchildren and 8 Great- Grandchildren
The brightest light of my life has moved beyond my sight for a time. I treasure the thought of meeting her once more beyond that great divide. Go in peace young wife.
Viewing will be from 6:00- 9:00 pm on Friday 19 October 2012 at Flahiff Funeral Chapel at 624 Cleveland Blvd. In Caldwell, ID. A pre-service viewing starting at 9:00 AM at the church. Freda's Funeral Services begin on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at 10:30AM in the LDS Chapel, 309 West Main, in Middleton, ID. Interment will follow at Middleton Cemetery. Condolences may be given at

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 19, 2012