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Woman of Distinction: Fay Freeman
By Anita Hales


October 03, 2011

This past weekend 5 Ketchikan women were honored for their contributions to the community.  I was honored to present 94 year old Fay Freeman.

There was so much I could have said about this remarkable woman but I felt restrained by the time.  

She was a true pioneer coming to Alaska with her husband Oral in the late 40’s.  

She helped build two church buildings and a school.  

She supported her husband in his service as a legislator.

She was a true example of compassionate service, always thinking of others.  She always seemed to have an extra casserole on for someone having a hard time.  She made quilts for the needy.  She gave time and caring advice for those who were in desperate need of it.  She was a stellar example for kids and was always conscious of her actions in that respect.  

Her door was never locked and kids were always welcome in her home which provided a safe shelter.

She didn’t belong to a lot of local organizations but was a staunch member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints and served in its many auxiliaries.  She taught, counseled and served.

She was the consummate hostess and often shared meals with friends.

The thirteenth article of faith of the church sums up her accomplishments and example:  “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul - We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

I cannot say enough about how she affected my life and the lives of many others. Thank you Fay for being who you are.

Anita Hales
Ketchikan, AK

Received September October 03, 2011 - Published October 03, 2011


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