Phyllis Freeborn  1928 - 2016 

Phyllis Freeborn
, a gentle and loving soul, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 11, 2016.   She was born in Wadsworth May 9, 1928, to the late Glen and Mattie (Welty) Freeborn.

Phyllis graduated from Wadsworth High School in 1946.   Her early employment career began with a military contractor position supporting the U.S. Marines in Washington DC, and she retired from TRW in Lyndhurst, OH, where she was a respected employee.

Throughout her life, Phyllis was always ready to help others with a cheerful grin.   This lovely smile was her hallmark.   She spent her final years at Liberty Residences, Magnolia Nursing Home, and under the care of Hospice of The Western Reserve.   In each of these instances, staff members were amazed by her smile and peaceful attitude.   The family is appreciative of the wonderful care given to Phyllis during each of these placements.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Carlyle, and his wife, Jane.   She is survived by her niece Jacquelyn Herst and family.   Phyllis's loving presence at family gatherings will be missed by many Welty cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at First Christian Church, 116 East Boyer Street, Wadsworth, Ohio, with Pastor Jim Singleton officiating.   Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, Wadsworth, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of The Western Reserve or First Christian Church.

Hilliard-Rospert    330-334-1501 

Phyllis Freeborn
Wadsworth High School
Graduating Class of 1946

WHS Whisperer Annual Staff, 1945-46.  Row 1: Coleen Seiberling, Joanne Work, Bob Olmsted, Marcene Horner, Phyllis Freeborn, Mac Krabill.  Row 2: Marita Sickles, Don Westenbarger, Jim Sondles, Mrs. Hildebrand (Advisor).

WHS Harmonettes, 1945-46.  Row 1: Delores Way, Beatrice Birkbeck, Marita Sickles, Eveleen Dick, Dorothy Jean Gish.  Row 2: Carol Parker, Phyllis Freeborn, Edna May Overholt, Mabel Conrad.  Row 3: Helen Truex, Phyllis Robinson, Margaret Cook.

WHS Choir, 1945-46 (part).  Front row, from left:  Rosemary Smiraldo, Eylaine Pickering, Glenna Moyer, Doris Murray, Opal Mosgrove.  Second row: Marcene Horner, Phyllis Freeborn, Helen Edis, Leah Jane Heighberger, Shirley Jessel, June Lindsay, Mr. Sears (Advisor).  Third row:  Dorothy Anderson, Bonnie Raudebaugh, Frances Allen, Vivian Santrock, Eveleen Dick, Marita Sickles.  Fourth row:  John Howard, Leonard Hurst, James Blough, Mervin Kilmer.  

Julie Batey  (WHS 1985), Chair, Wadsworth High School Alumni Association. 524 Broad Street, Wadsworth OH 44281.  
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