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Freda Kelly

Siloam Springs, AR, 1946 - 2019

Freda Kelly, a beautiful baby girl with curly brown hair, green eyes, and dimples, was born to Cecil and Emma Sue Miner Kelly on June 14, 1946. Her dad would take her down to see all the flags on Main Street. For years, she believed the flags were for her birthday and not a national holiday, Flag Day. She had a loving and happy childhood. Freda attended the First Baptist Church in Siloam Springs. In May of 1963, she was in a car wreck and lost both of her legs. Freda had a determination to finish high school and graduated from Siloam Springs High School in 1964. She continued with her education at a secretary school. Freda worked the night shift at Fayetteville Hospital, admitting patients and answering calls. She became a telephone operator for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Fayetteville. Freda won many awards in the years she worked there. After retiring in 1998, Freda had a heart for people that were physically handicapped. She drove to Little Rock to serve on a committee to make people aware of the needs for people that were physically disabled. She loved her nieces, Susan Kelly, Candace Vogt Lennarson, and nephew, Chuck Vogt, spending time with them and buying them gifts. Freda was a member of Sigma Phi Sorority, where she was their queen one year. She loved shopping (Dillard's was her second home), needlework, jewelry, trips, arts and crafts, and was always ready to go places and do fun things. Then in 1998, she suffered a stroke, after which she lived in various rest homes. She was at Ashley Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Rogers at the time of her passing on April 21, 2019, and now she is rejoicing in heaven.
She is survived by her sister, Charlotte Vogt and husband Charles; nephew, Chuck Vogt; nieces, Candace Vogt Lennarson and Susan Kelly and their spouses; great-nephews, Jake and Ty Vogt, Cash and Briggs Lennarson; and great niece, Blakelie Lennarson. Freda was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Richard Kelly.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2019, at Elm Springs Cemetery in Elm Springs, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Please sign the online guestbook at

Published April 24, 2019

Wasson Funeral Home, Inc.
441 West Hwy 412, P.O. Box 29, Siloam Springs, AR
Phone: 479-524-5131