Lois Maxine Frees
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Lois Maxine Frees
  • February 13, 1922 - September 16, 2017
  • Clearwater, Florida

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Lois Maxine Frees passed away peacefully on Saturday the 16th of September five months shy of her 96th birthday



She was a resident of Clearwater since 1960 when she and her family moved from Minnesota



Her early years were spent in the small town of Central City, Iowa and later moved to Cedar Rapids



while working at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio she met a young pilot for Northwest Airlines, Burke Frees



Burke and Lois were married on June 28, 1950 and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota



The following year Brian joined the young couple and they decided to move to the country to raise a family and built a house on Lake Minnetonka



1952 brought their second child Mona into fold and finally in 1955 Wayne joined the clan completing the family



The summer of 1960 brought a big change to the Frees family, they moved to Clearwater Florida



The move was facilitated by Burke's desire to open a nursing home, which he did in 1963; The Highland Pines Nursing Manor



Summer breaks and Christmas vacations always involved getting into the car and traveling the country



Later the car gave way to the airplane which resulted in trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Los Angles, Yellowstone and even Japan



When the 3 children left the family nest to start their own adventures Burke and Lois purchased their first motor home



The nursing home was sold in 1978 which left them with lots of free time



They traveled the country and joined a number travel organizations



The mountains of North Carolina became a favorite spot of theirs so they built a cabin in the woods and spent Florida's hot summers in the mountains



Lois continued to play bridge 3 or 4 times a week and took up quilting as a hobby, Burke kept practicing his golf game and tried to master this new gadget



called a personal computer



As time marched on they started to down size, selling the motor home, the cabin in North Carolina, making do with one car and moving from Spring Hill



to On Top of the World



Lois joined the Heritage United Methodist Church in Countryside and began volunteering with putting out the weekly bulletin and newsletter



Burke died in 2001 and their daughter Mona passed suddenly in 2006



Lois is survived by her two sons Brian and Wayne and their respected spouses Patricia and Janet in addition she has three grand kids Lauren, Kimberly



and Chad



In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Boy Scouts of America