OBITUARY

Freda Magdalene Joseph

26 September, 19165 January, 2018

September 26, 1916 – January 5, 2018 COLUMBIA - While she was a devoted daughter, loving sister and magical aunt, there are simply no words to adequately describe Freda—she meant so much to so many. The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Freda took great pride in her heritage, an integral component of which was her steadfast faith. A devout Catholic, she was a dedicated parishioner of St. Joseph parish. Whether through countless games of Basra with her nieces and nephews or regaling them with stories of her childhood in Georgetown, she imparted the importance of family and faith on multiple generations. A Southern lady in every sense of the word, through her limitless hospitality, grace and charm, Freda spread joy everywhere she lived—from her Georgetown youth to her treasured time in Charleston (where she enjoyed a career in civil service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) to a retirement in Beaufort and Columbia. Although she loved each of these places, she will be laid to rest in Greeleyville, which held a special spot in her heart. An avid reader (and mystery lover) and bridge player, her true joy was her family. No matter their age or the distance involved, every niece and nephew relished a visit with Aunt Freda and she delighted in every accomplishment or adventure they shared. Through her patience, wit, generosity, endless cheerfulness and radiant smile, she touched the lives of countless family and friends and has left each with indelible memories. While we are heartbroken to lose her, we are comforted in knowing that she is reunited with her beloved parents, Shickory and Sarah Joseph, as well as her sisters, Annie Joseph, Josephine Joseph and Rose Keach. She is survived by her sister, Janette J. Gleaton (Columbia); her brother, Dr. Arthur A. Joseph (Dorothy) (Columbia); and her adoring nieces and nephews and many friends. The world is a little less colorful without her. She will be always loved and forever missed. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a burial following at 2:00 p.m. in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Greeleyville, S.C. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with a visitation following until 8:00 p.m. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, 9 January , 2018

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, 9 January , 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, 10 January , 2018

Memories

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Risa Grossman

8 January 2018

My condolences to the entire precious family. Freda was an indescribable pleasure to know. The memory of her laughter and wit will continue to warm my soul. I'll always miss her.

David Grossman

8 January 2018

Freda was such a cool lady. We Grossmans grew up with her nieces and nephews and always enjoyed being around her when she lived in Greeleyville.

Risa Grossman

8 January 2018

Freda was a spice of life that will always bring laughter to your soul. She had the personality of a sparkler in full array. She will be missed! Janet Walker/Risa Grossman

Margie Marcil

8 January 2018

Freda was always one of my favorite people! What a joyful spirit! She and my mother (Elizabeth Isaac Marcil) grew up together and Freda was Momma's best friend as well as a cousin. Momma used to tell the best stories about their childhood antics together and how much she loved Freda. We did, too! Rest in peace, precious Freda. I'll always smile when I think of you.

Fr. Higgins

8 January 2018

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord.
Amen.
Let perpetual light shine upon her.
Amen.
May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of GOD, Rest In Peace.
Amen.

Jackie Easterling

8 January 2018

Freda took this young girl (19) under her wing when I began working for the Corps of Engineers. She processed new employees and made all feel welcome. We became friends and I will always remember her smile, laugh, and great sense of humor. The obituary was beautiful and described her to a "T". My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of this "one of a kind" woman.

Vince DiMaria

7 January 2018

To all of the Joseph Family,

What a beautiful obtituary which absolutely best describes this unbelievable woman who created a smile from all of us because of the genuiene smile she shared with all of us.

She will be missed very much but so many fond memories will hoepfully bring this Family comfort during these tough times.

May God rest her soul.

Fondly,

Naureen Watkins

7 January 2018

So sorry to hear about the death of Aunt Freda. She was a very special person and definitely kept you on your toes. I appreciated the fact that whenever we would visit during our college days, she always made me feel like one of the family. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

Bob Isaac

7 January 2018

Our deepest sympathy to the family. She was a wonderful and kind lady.

M C

6 January 2018

Sincere condolences to the family. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure in your heart and it lives forever. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace, Hosea 13:14.

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