OBITUARY

Imogene Anne Freer

11 June, 19249 October, 2021

Beloved mother, grandmother, G.G., and church matriarch, Imogene Freer, has passed away peacefully at the age of 97 in her home in South Lyon, Michigan, surrounded by family and friends.

Daughter of Stella and Roy Moffett, Imogene grew up in her parents’ confectionery shops and later, rooming houses, in and around downtown Detroit. She sang on Uncle Nick’s radio show (WJBK), and graduated from Central High School in 1942. She went on to work at Hudson’s department store and Detroit Bank & Trust before meeting “that nice Jimmy Freer” in 1943. They married in 1946.

Together with Jim, Imogene raised four children: Linda, Mark, Pat, and Sally, built homes and pioneered small businesses, including the Dairy Barn in Hartland, MI., where their children and several of their children’s friends worked. Many people looked to Imo and Jim as “Mom” and “Dad” Freer, and they continuously opened their home to mentor others in the Christian faith, ministering through Bible study, meals and fellowship.

Mom Freer was an active, feisty woman who took care of those around her, whether that meant taking bread to her neighbor after church, cooking meals, sending cards, or just giving a hug or an affirming word, like, “God loves you and so do I.” She was as universally known for her sweet way of engaging with others as for her sharp observations and memory. She enjoyed traveling with Jim, crafting with her “circle,” and cooking. She loved to be outside and would kneel to pull weeds in her garden and play with her great-grandchildren until she was 96. A multi-faceted person, Imogene was creative and mathematical; she enjoyed arranging flowers and sewing as much as she enjoyed doing math in her head to balance her checkbook. After Jim’s passing, she continued to pull the family together for Thanksgiving, birthday dinners, and church services--though, as her granddaughter reflected, “she let family be a broad term that included everyone.” Everyone is going to miss you, Mom: we “love you more.”

Imogene is survived by her children: Linda (Carl), Mark (Lucille), Pat, and Sally (Jeff), her grandchildren: Jeremy, Ryan, Sarah, Jason, Nicole (Jacob), Amanda (Joseph), Jeffrey, and Jessica, and her great-grandchildren: Emily, Phillip, Hunter, Beatrice, Olivia, Leonardo, Madison, Vivien, and Cooper, as well as her sister-in-law, Janet Maynard, many nieces, nephews and “sons and daughters” in the faith.

A visitation will be held at Imogene’s church, Grace Christian Fellowship in Livonia, MI., on Friday, Oct. 22nd from 4pm to 8pm. and Saturday, Oct. 23rd from 10am to11am. A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Christian Fellowship, located at 29520 Munger St. in Livonia, MI. on Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 11:00am with lunch following.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared below for the Freer family.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering

    Friday, 22 October , 2021

  • Continued Gathering

    Saturday, 23 October , 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, 23 October , 2021

Memories

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Kim Young

22 October 2021

Today, many will gather together in loving remembrance of you dear Imogene and I will be there in spirit, remembering you and your life well lived, to the glory of God. Your long and well lived life, all your wonderful children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, your sweet, kind, loving and encouraging ways, your great cooking I may add, all leave your legacy of a wonderful woman who loved God and those he gave her on this earthly journey, who is now safely and joyfully home with Him. Your departing leaves a hole in our hearts yet, peace in our souls. Until we meet again. 💖🙏💖
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psa.116:15

Jim Cupp

15 October 2021

Ma and Pa Freer were very critical in my early life as a new believer (1981). I would go over to their house at least once or twice a week just to spend time with them. Ma Freer would usually come down from upstairs at about midnight (wearing her robe and hair curlers) and encourage both of us to get to bed!!
When Louise and I got married, Ma Freer held a great wedding shower at her home and Pa Freer was the best man at our wedding.
When we were waiting to move into our first house, we stayed with Ma and Pa for about a month and were treated like her kids!
Through the years, Ma Freer would often give my wife great recipes to try out on our family and friends (I attribute much of my early weight gain to her recipes.).
She will be greatly missed but at the same time I wish I could have seen her face when she was reunited with Pa Freer and got to behold Jesus face to face!

Paul & Margaret Elizabeth Rachel Szamatowicz

15 October 2021

Our condolences to Mark, Patrick, Sally Linda and the whole Freer Family. Mrs. Freer was one of the kindest, gentle, friendliest person we have ever met. We all will miss her smile and that friendly greeting she always had. A true doer of the Word. I met Mark in November of 1980 that's when I started to attend Open Door Christian Church. Because of this I was introduced to his parents Jim & Imogene a blessing for sure. Jim greeted you at church or bible study at their home on Beck rd. saying how's the Lord treating you kid God loves you and Imogene always said God loves you and so do I. To all the Freer's God has truly blessed all of you by having such great parents grandparents. I'm sure your memories will continue to remind you of all the great times you all have had with Imogene & (Jim) through the years. May the Lord Bless and comfort you all!

The Szamatowicz Family

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