Alfreda 'Freda' Dixie Chamberlain Simon

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Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 6:00 am

Alfreda “Freda” Dixie Simon was born February 11, 1922 at Rifle, CO the daughter of Richard Chamberlain and Dennessa (Carey) Chamberlain.  She passed peacefully in the home of her longtime friend Jim Kaiser on Sunday January 29, 2017 in Mansfield, MO at the age of 94 years.

Freda was united in marriage to Clair Gene Simon on July 19, 1940 at Vernal, UT.  They were married for 56 years before he passed on October 31, 1996. 

Freda was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Dennessa Chamberlain; her husband Clair Gene Simon; one brother and one sister.

Freda is survived by her dear friend Jim Kaiser of Mansfield, MO; two nieces Carolyn Simon and Pamela Kempker of California; three nephews John, Gene, and Roy Gates of Colorado and Missouri; and a close friend Janice Sherman of Arizona.

Her mother died when Freda was only 5 years old.  She was raised in part by an aunt and uncle, and her father Richard Chamberlain and her stepmother.  Freda shared with family and friends how her life was heroically saved when she had diphtheria as a young girl.

Freda lived in various towns in Colorado during her childhood and marriage.  She worked for a number of years at Bell Telephone in Craig, CO.  In the mid-1970s, Freda and Clair moved to a small farm near Hutton Valley, MO and operated a truck farm.  She attended St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Mountain View, MO, and later claimed her faith, being born again and baptized in the Church of God of Prophecy in Mountain View, MO.  In 2001, Freda moved from Mountain View, MO to Mansfield, MO and was under the care of her friend, Jim Kaiser, living in his home since 2011.

Freda was also a 20-year survivor of breast cancer.  She enjoyed genealogy and had traced her ancestors back to the Mayflower.  She was a cousin to Almanzo Wilder, the husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder whose life story was the basis for the books and television series Little House on the Prairie.  Freda was a writer of poetry and prose, and she wrote  “Freda’s Thoughts” weekly on the laurassweetmemories.blogspot.com one day each week for the last four years.

Freda was always active in church and civic affairs wherever she lived.  She served on various boards of clubs and the Chamber of Commerce of Mansfield, MO.  She was a member of the Rebecca’s of the Order of the Odd Fellows.  Freda had a “bubbly” personality, and was a loyal friend, who shall be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

No funeral services are scheduled at this time.  Arrangements were under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home, LLC of Mountain View, MO.  Online condolences can be sent to www.duncanfuneralhomes.com

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