Freeda Perkins Anderson, 104, died Monday, August 15, At the Washington County Hospital, Washington. She was the oldest resident in Washington County. A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. Pastor Randy Jellison-Knock officiated. Music included "In the Garden” and “Amazing Grace”. Pallbearers were Arnold Rieth, Travis Rieth, Mitch Zabokrtsky, Larry Sawin, Jim Myers and Larry Pierce. Burial was in the Haddam City Cemetery. Freeda was born September 16, 1906, on the family farm near Haddam, Kansas. She was the second child of Fred Byron and Martha Christina (Fahrenwald) Perkins. The family grew to five children, Viola the oldest, Freeda, then Meda, Bud and Fred. In 1920, when Freeda was in the 8th grade, the family moved to the City of Endicott in order than Viola could attend high school. After Freeda graduated from High School, for the next four years she worked at the home of the local physician, Dr. Morgan. Freeda “played piano at Haddam Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for 60 years” Soon she met the love of her life, a farmer and craftsman named Emil George Anderson. They were married October 3, 1938 and they worked a farm North of Haddam until they sold out in 1960 and moved into Haddam. Emil continued to work as a carpenter until he passed away October 11, 1985. After her husband died, Freeda moved to the Haddam Senior Center for three years and then to Colonial Acres in Washington where her younger brother Fred and his wife, Edna, joined her there. After her 100th birthday, Freeda moved to the Homestead in Washington where she remained till she passed away. This is her testimony that she wrote 17 years ago “Most of all I loved my Lord – life is a wonderful gift – but so is resting in peace.” A memorial fund has been established to the United Methodist Church, 408 Swan, Haddam, KS 66944. Contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home.
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