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Freeda Richards February 2, 1928 - September 4, 2018

Freeda Mae Richards, age 90 of Ava, Missouri passed away early Tuesday morning, September 4, 2018 in Cox South Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born February 2, 1928 in the Smallett community, the daughter of Francis Luin and Clara Mae (McDaniel) Haden. On July 6, 1946, she was united in marriage to Billy Dean Richards in Mountain Home Arkansas.
Freeda was a longtime Douglas County resident and loved living the rural life on the farm she and Bill enjoyed together, prior to his passing on July 20, 1996. Her life was centered around sharing meals, fishing trips and holidays with her family and friends. Freeda was a well-known talented guitarist, singer, quilter, a good cook and had a green thumb for gardening. She bragged about spoiling her eleven sweet great-grandchildren and loved them all unconditionally. Her love will be sadly missed but her lasting memories of laughter and caring concern for others will live on forever.
Freeda is survived by two sons Keith Richards and wife Michelle, Karl Richards and wife Christine; two sisters Lenore Burton and Betty Jenkins; one brother Jim Haden; five grandchildren Janette Richards, Marcus Dean Richards, Sarah Menary and husband Ben, Kevin Richards and wife Haley, Jennifer Pitts and husband Nick; eleven great-grandchildren Xander Mayberry, Grayson Knox, Baylor and Quinn Menary, Zachary, Garrett and Lincoln Richards, Kyle, Kennnon, Kyndall, and Kooper Mae Pitts, several nieces, nephews and other caring relatives. In addition to her husband Bill, Freeda is also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Modena Cox, Mary Alice Cox, three brothers Aubrey, George, and Jack Haden.
Funeral services will be 11:30 A.M. Friday, September 7, 2018 in Life Church, Ava, Missouri with Pastors James Hathcock and David Welsh officiating. Burial will follow in Mt Tabor Cemetery.  Visitation will be held in the church beginning at 10:00 until service time at 11:30. The family requests donations be made to the Mt Tabor Cemetery c/o Kay Hutchison Rt 4, Box 454 Ava, MO. 65608. Arrangements under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. On line condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com


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    Donnie harris says

    Prayers for u all Donnie

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    Kim clements says

    Listened to the Haden sisters sing lots of Sunday’s growing up at Mt Tabor Church. Those were great memories

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    Jerry and Betty Ridenour says

    Freda was such a wonderful lady. Jerry and I loved visiting with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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    Jennifer (Mitchell) Adams says

    Freeda was an amazing little lady! Prayers for you all!

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    Dennis & Buffy Posey says

    Freeda was such a sweetheart! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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    Pamela CJ Graham says

    I will always remember Freeda singing at church. Sorry we couldn’t come to the service but you were in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort each and everyone! Randall & Pamela Graham.

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    Mary Richards says

    Rest In Peace sweet Freeda. Aunt Freed always made our family feel welcome and loved. Our love and prayers are with the family. All our love, Scott, Missy, Kate, Megan and families.