Mary Louise Frey

Mary Louise Frey was born Sept. 19, 1933, to Fred and Grace (Murray) Gonseth in Clarke County, Iowa. She died peacefully on Aug. 24, 2019, at Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset, surrounded by family and close friends.

Louise graduated from Earlham High School in 1952 and married Harold Frey on May 10, 1953. They were blessed with two children, Linda and Mike. 

Following graduation, Louise was a telephone switchboard operator at Pitzer and Winterset. She worked for Peer, Nelson and Braland Law Office for many years and then did income taxes at home for a few more years. Louise was passionate about her yard and flower beds and was very proud of them. She enjoyed interior decorating in her own home, and for family members, her church, and for friends. Louise always enjoyed attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildrens’ ballgames, activities and cattle shows; loved to shop; played cards; and traveled on cruises and bus trips. Every Christmas each family household received a cherished package of her homemade cinnamon rolls to enjoy Christmas morning and Christmas dinner featured her homemade dinner rolls and noodles. Louise was a loving and giving person, always ready to drop everything to help anyone when and where needed. She was a treasured friend and loved to entertain in her home. 

Louise was a member of the Earlham Church of Christ, Pioneer Place Board, Country Ladies Bridge Club, Red Hat Society, and Ponytail Card Club. 

Louise is survived by her daughter, Linda (Jim) Smith; son, Michael (Penny); sister, Margaret (Wilbur) Henkle; grandchildren, Ben (Angie) Applegate, Andy (Jamie) Smith, Angi (Randy) Allison, Matt Smith, Harrison Frey and Parker Frey; great-grandchildren, Lily Applegate, Neela Applegate, Haley Smith and Cael Allison; uncle, Charles (Marilyn) Gonseth; nieces and nephews; and a huge host of friends.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Frey; parents, Fred and Grace (Murray) Gonseth; and sister, Freda. 

Funeral service was held at 10:30 A.M. today (Wednesday, Aug. 28) at the Earlham Church of Christ, with burial at the Earlham Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Louise Frey Memorial Fund. Louise’s last gift was to donate tissue through the Iowa Donor Network. 

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