Patirica "Pat"'s Story
Patricia "Pat" Lucille (Crews) Frey was born on October 14, 1939 to Paul and Vesta (Myers) Crews in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Pat became the older sister to Cathie and Ron. She attended Knoxville Community Schools and graduated from Knoxville Senior High with the class of 1957. Pat went on to attend college at AIB, graduating with a business degree. On November 5, 1965 Pat married the love of her life, Donald Pason Frey. Their family was made complete when son, Donald Paul Frey was born on August 28, 1970.
Pat worked for 10 years at the Marion County Courthouse in the treasurer's office. However, her true passion was her role of being mom to Donnie and an in-home daycare provider for more than 40 children over 20 years. For several years while Don coached Little League & Babe Ruth baseball teams, Pat ran the concession stand. She enjoyed watching Donnie play baseball and especially enjoyed watching Don and Donnie work together to prepare their Herford Heifers for showing at the county fair. Later in life she and Don managed the beer stand at the Knoxville Raceway for 20 years and then managed the north campgrounds for 3 years. They made many life-long friends at the track and campgrounds who became more like family.
Part of Pat's heart went to heaven on January 11, 2017 when her soulmate, Don passed away. They were reunited forever in God's holy presence on April 3, 2018, when Pat joined Don in heaven. In addition to Don, Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Vesta Crews, Don's parents Harold and Mary Bell Frey, her brother Ron Crews, brothers in law Vic Carter and Bill Baker, a nephew, Marc Carter and great niece, Cassidy Adreon.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Donnie Frey (Darbie Utterback) of Knoxville, sister Cathie Carter of Knoxville, brother in law Dean Frey (Rita) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sister in law Edwina Baker of St. Pete Beach, Florida, many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and her two beloved Pomeranians, Buster and Blaney.
Visitation for Pat will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M., with a memorial service to follow on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville, with Pastor Brent Hanna officiating.
A memorial has been established in Pat's memory to the Comfort House in Pella and to the Marion County 4H.
Published on April 6, 2018