Obituary: Frances L. Freel


Frances L. Freel, 88, of Heppner former longtime Adrian, Oregon resident, died of natural causes, Thursday, August 2, 2012 in Heppner at the home of her daughter. She was loved by everyone that knew her. A graveside service will be held Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. Mountain Time at Hilltop Cemetery at Nyssa, Oregon.

She was born April 15, 1924 at Lone Tree, Missouri, the daughter of Evert J. and Bessie L. Eachus Gossard. Frances was raised and attended schools in Missouri, Illinois and Oregon as the family followed the oil jobs.

She was married to Oliver Frank Freel on August 29, 1943 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The couple lived on the family farm at Adrian throughout their married life, where she helped run things while her husband did livestock trucking. He preceded her in death in 1991. She then moved to Heppner in 1995 to be near her daughter.

Frances enjoyed gardening, crocheting, sewing, knitting and later on reading. She was an active member of the American Legion and also enjoyed camping and fishing.

Survivors include son; Monty Freel and his wife Gayle of Ontario, Oregon, daughters; Sharon Dinger and her husband Larry of Haines, Oregon, Ramona Roundtree and her husband Kevin of Homedale, Idaho, Pennie Miller and her husband Dennis of Heppner, 9 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. Memorial contributions for those who wish may be made to the So. Morrow County EMT Association, PO Box 9, Heppner, Oregon 97836.

Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in charge of arrangements.

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