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Vena M. Freer

d. August 1, 2017

Vena Freer, age 93, of Petersburg, formerly of Athens, passed away on August 1, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She is survived by two sons, Lynn (Carol) Freer of Sherman, Richard Freer of Athens; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lila Jennice and Janet Howard; one brother, Bill Allen; several nieces and nephews.

Vena is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth in 2016.

Mrs. Freer was born August 30, 1923 in Cope, Colorado, the daughter of Charles and Sarah Lofton Allen.

She married Kenneth Freer on October 2, 1940 in St. Charles, Missouri.

Mrs. Freer and her husband operated a grocery business in Athens for 26 years.  She later worked as a CNA for Sunny Acres Nursing Home.

She was a member of the Athens United Methodist Church.

Graveside services will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Rev. Paulette Cott will be officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Athens United Methodist Church.


  1. Sorry for your loss, she will be missed

  2. I worked with Vena at Sunny Acres. She was a true asset, very kind caring and patient with all of her residents. Rest in peace Angel

  3. Lynn, Carole and Rick and families, So sorry for your loss. Aunt Vena was loved by so many people in Athens. Sending love and prayers to all of you!

  4. I will NEVER forget Vena or Kenny! Two of the sweetest people from my childhood. Loved that grocery store. My daughter said “oh I remember trying to steal gum from the store” (she was 3 yrs old and was so ashamed when I took her back in to face Vena. Of course, she wanted to give it to Mandy…..anyway, such special folks both were. We will all remember them both with much fondness! Love to all the Freer family?

  5. So sorry for your loss. Sweet people. Our family has lots of good memories of Freer’s Market.

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