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Freeda Lorraine Harvey was born on February 28, 1920, in Marion County near Durham, Iowa. She was one of five children that were born to Charles S. and Bertha E. (Woody) Harvey. Freeda received her formal education at the McMillan Country Grade School and she graduated from Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Iowa. Freeda met Wallace Lester West while working at the creamery in Knoxville and their engagement lasted for four years while Wallace served his country during World War II. Following his discharge, on December 8, 1945, they were united in marriage at the home of her parents and to this union three daughters were born: Janet Louise, Mary Ann and Amy Beth. In 1949, Freeda and Wallace and their family made their home east of Knoxville where they built their family home on the Harvey Family farm. Wallace was a carpenter/builder by trade while Freeda  attended to the other responsibilities of living on a farm and raising a family. Her other talents/skills were evident in her work as an office manager and bookkeeper. She worked for the ASCS office, the Knoxville Creamery, and the Marion County Treasurers Office. For many years Freeda was employed at the Knoxville Veterinary Clinic, and her experience with feeding animals on their farm and dispensing pills at the clinic "qualified" her so she could be part of a medical missionary trip to Mexico.  During this time, she was active with the Farm Bureau and  several 4-H Clubs. Freeda appreciated being with her family and many friends, traveling, and nature. Most importantly she saw a need to be a part of a church family. She was baptized as a child and made profession of her faith at the Harvey Methodist Church in Harvey, Iowa.  She was presently a member of the Presbyterian Church in Knoxville and will be remembered as a child of God and a servant of God. Freeda was privileged to remain living on the family farm until April, 2016, when she became a patient at the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. Freeda was always optimistic and life was still good and she continued to love life. On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, she passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella, Iowa at the advanced age of 96 years. Those who will cherish her memory are her three daughters and their husbands, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
They and their families are: Janet and Wayne Westberg of Harvey, Iowa; Jill Christine and Shannon McCoy; Anne Leigh and Dan Gullion; Mary Ann and Ronald Sterling of Pella, Iowa; Julie Anna and Eric Sterling; Josh Andrew and Amy Sterling; Beth West of Harvey, Iowa; Ericka Ann Walpole; Isaac Wallace Augspurger; Adam Lee Augspurger.
Of her original family Freeda leaves her sister,  Aimee (Lawrence) Breuklander of St. Louis, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace West in 1981; a son-in-law Robert Whiteside; her parents, Charles and Bertha (on May 24, 1988) Harvey; her three brothers and their wives: Dwight and Sarah Harvey, Clifford and Margaret Harvey, her twin brother, Eugene Harvey and his wife, Vera Mae; her brother-in-law, Lawrence Breuklander; and her parents-in-law Fred and Mary Etta(Wallace) West.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 28, at the Williams Funeral Home.
Published on May 31, 2016
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