Freda Jean Upton was a woman that was loved, and will always be cherished. Our Mom, Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Friend, Sunday school teacher and Nurse was an amazing human being and she will be missed dearly by all those who had the privilege of knowing her.
Freda’s story started on November 27th, 1947, the oldest child to Freeman & Geraldine Benedict. Freda was born in Berryville, Arkansas, but lived the majority of her life here in Tulsa.
Freda was a dedicated Nurse at St. Francis for many hardworking years. She made many lifelong friends at St. Francis and spoke highly of her time there. She held St. Francis very close to her heart.
Freda was an avid reader and volunteered at the library for many years. Most recently, she took her service dog, Lady, to the library and read to children. She enjoyed this more than anything and was grateful for the opportunity to give back to her community and the people within it.
In addition, she loved hot air ballooning. This was something she did with her late son, Manny, her dear friend Pat and many other beloved crew members… We know she is flying high with her son in that balloon now and we take solace in that.
Freda had a passion for animals which was profoundly touching. Her love for all animals and her three dogs was unrelenting. She also held her late dog, Missy, very close to her heart even though she has been gone for years.
Her genuine nature and gratitude for life was an example to live by.
Our dear Mom is survived by her three fur-babies, Lady, Buddy and Jack; her son and daughter-n-law Roy & Amanda Upton, six precious Grandbabies; her brother Thomas and wife Judy; a sister Pat Winney and husband Craig and sister Penny Coffin and husband Richard; many nieces and nephews that she very much loved and adored and entirely too many friends to mention.
Freda was preceded in death by her Mother, Father and two of her sons, Michael Dean and Freeman (Manny) Upton.
To summarize the kind of person Freda was, we will end with something she said often…
“The only things in this life I’ve ever had of any real value are my three sons.”