Freda You Are Always In Our Hearts

“and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
— Revelation 21:4 (NASB)


“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:28-29 (NASB)

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Freda and Jimbo met long before many of us came to know them as the fun-loving couple that always welcomed new Miata Enthusiasts into the Bluebonnet Miata Club.  Theirs is a story like many, they met through work and after several attempts, Jimbo was able to entice Freda to go out on a date.  The rest is history.  Freda liked to laugh, drink wine and as Jimbo’s passenger, spent a lot of time screaming, “Ooooiiiiyyyy!”  Courageous enough to sky dive, Freda was the Ying to Jimbo’s Yang, always with recollections of funny stories or jokes she’d heard.  Beside the fun loving nature many of us knew, Freda was an amazing person, often caring for others.  On frequent trips to the coast, she’d pack more than enough food, with all the needed ingredients and spices to whip up great meals calling on favorite recipes from memory. She’d be up preparing food and cleaning up the kitchen before anyone knew what was happening. Freda was up for anything!  We will miss her smile, her laughter and her presence. 

— The Bluebonnet Miata Club

If you are interested in helping Jim grant Freda’s wishes of spreading her ashes in one of her favorite places on earth – Ouray Colorado, here’s a link to the GoFund me account set up to help him make this possible.

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  1. Marilyn McCullen

    I had the opportunity to visit with Freda a few times recently as we drove in my car. Oh, how she made me laugh! I got to see a side of her that she didn’t always share with the club. Funny, witty, wise, and compassionate. That was our Freda.

  2. George Lucas

    “Freda was a real trooper. She kept up with Jimbo on so many of our Miata runs and events and that says a lot! Always offered hugs and smiles and never complained about the rigorous adventures she and Jimbo shared. She will truly be missed!”

  3. Barb Thompson

    Freda was a smart lady and very interesting to talk with. She had a great sense of humor. I just wished I had spent more time with her.

  4. Judi & Don Privett

    The pictures above say it all … Freda was so in love with Jim and visa versa. She was always funny, kind and cared about everyone. She was fiesty and definitely kept Jim on his toes. I too love that she was always up for Jim’s adventure and we’ll never forget Zip Lining with them in Alaska!!!!

  5. Paul Wilson

    We’ll forever miss Freda’s smiling face, quick wit, fun-loving presence and success at keeping Jimbo in line.
    God Speed.

  6. Betty Fields

    Everyone knows Freda was definitely funny and witty. Although I hadn’t seen her in awhile some of my fondest memories is her “helpfulness”. If she was at a party or event at the Ranch after it was over she would always come in the kitchen and help me clean everything up. She would say “I’ll wash and you put away”. She would tell some stories and we would all laugh. She and Jimbo had a love that can’t be measured by time. The two of them together made everyone laugh. Our prayers are with you Jimbo for the void you have in your heart – as time goes on it will be filled with nothing but happy memories.

  7. Leon & Pat Franklin

    She Blessed all of us in so many ways. She will be missed and forever remembered.

  8. Mona Miller

    Thank you for posting these pictures. They make me happy. My Aunt Freda, lovingly known as Cheeta for as long as I can remember, was a remarkable person. Through some of life’s hardest moments, she always kept a smile on her face. I’m sad I didn’t see her more often these past years. (Why do we always think there’s plenty of time?) I love you and will miss you, Aunt Cheeta!
    Jim, my heart goes out to you…sending prayers and love. Brian and I will see you on Thursday.

  9. Stephanie Bell-Turner

    I loved being around Freda for her infectious laugh and never ending smiles. Her sassy comments never failed to brighten everyone’s day and bring a smile to their face. She will be remembered always. RIP Freda.

  10. Carol Haughton

    Freda, you were a joy to be around. You welcomed me and it was fun being around you. Rest in peace and Jim dwell on your memories. It will get you through.

  11. David Hamilton

    Marilyn and I have so many wonderful memories of Freda over the years. She had one of the most terrific smiles I have ever seen coupled with an amazing wit and laugh. She always had a way to brighten your day. She will truly be missed, and will always be remembered, by all who knew her.

  12. Lynn Knapik

    I don’t remember ever seeing Freda without a smile and still remember her laugh although it’s been years since I last saw her. She was always so friendly and welcoming. I know everyone in the club with miss her. Condolences to Jim and all of you.

  13. Wally & Susie Peters

    You were right, there is a new star in Heaven. We will always remember Freda smiling and having fun. Our thoughts are with you, Jimbo.

  14. Larry Stivers

    It was Pamela’s and my good fortune to share a ride and a room with Freda and Jimbo on the way to Galveston for the 2018 cruise. We got to see a side of Freda we hadn’t suspected. Her wit and good humor made it a much more enjoyable trip. We will miss her.

  15. Cheryl and Joe Knight

    Freda never met a stranger! She helped welcome us into the club and we spent a lot of time with her and Jimbo on our first Miata vacation in 2012 to the Utah event in Moab. One of the funniest events happened while getting lunch supplies in a convenience store before heading out to tour one of the National Parks. Freda witnessed Joe mistake a lady buying water at the check-out counter for Judi Privett. Of course, he touched her shoulders and leaned in to speak into her ear, “We don’t need any more water”. The lady quickly turned and emphatically stated, “My husbands in the car!” Well, Freda burst into laughter at this woman’s reaction and the ensuing fallout. She couldn’t stop laughing, was choking on the Pork Rinds she was eating, which got her laughing all the more. All the misunderstandings were corrected and she had the lady laughing too. I’ll never forget her joy and insistence that this was a story to be told. She made sure I wrote it up for the Newsletter the following month! The lady was a hoot! Joe and I will miss seeing her.

  16. Paul and Yong Bellew

    Freda was always happy and we truly enjoyed being around her. We will miss her very much, but Freda will forever live on in our memories. RIP Freda

  17. Betty Hicks

    Dan and I thank God for the blessing of knowing Freda and Jim as friends as well as car club members. We thoroughly enjoyed the good times we had with Freda and wish there had been more. We will remember her kindness and contagious laughter. And, we will miss her sweet smiles and heart-felt hugs!