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Freda Smith Frey

November 22, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Freda Smith Pyles Frey, 93, of Parkersburg, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 19, 2012, with her brother, Tip, by her side.

She was born Feb. 11, 1919, in Marietta, daughter of the late Edward and Harriett Hufford Dye.

She was a devout Christian, a Nazarene by faith, whose positive spirit, uplifting demeanor and quick smile will always be cherished by the large extended family which she was the heart of. An active member of the First Church of Nazarene for more than 50 years, she served the Lord in song, as a Sunday school teacher and member of the Missionary Society.

She enjoyed a long retail career with J.C. Penney from where she retired as associate merchandiser in 1978. Her "can do" attitude also contributed to her early success as a Tupperware sales representative where she won numerous sales awards. During World War II she worked in an Ohio aircraft factory as husband Sgt. Riker Smith spent nearly two years in a German POW camp. They later settled in Parkersburg and raised two children, Dianna and Steve.

She is survived by one brother, Clarence E. "Tip" (Joan) Dye of Clarington, Ohio; three sisters, Shirley Lockhart of Parkersburg, Kay (John) Hedrich of Clearwater, Fla., Carolyn Reiker of Centerville, Ind.; a special nephew whom she raised, Steven (Rachel) Swayne of Harlem, Ga., many nieces and nephews and her late husband's extended family members who will all carry the many memories she helped to create. Also two special friends, Sybil Rogers and Sheila Ratliff, added joy later in Freda's life along with her dog Sassy.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Riker K. Smith in 1985, second husband, Raymond N. Pyles Sr. in 1996, last husband Morton Frey Jr.; one daughter, Dianna Lynn Clayton; one brother Joseph E. Dye, sisters Ethel Duke and Marlene Hoover and two infant sisters and brothers.

Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Keith Hostutler officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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