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Ruth E. Freed, 101, of Bloomington, formerly of Lexington, died at 10:06 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 2, 2018) at Heritage Health, Bloomington.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, Lexington, with the Rev. Garry Gromley officiating. Burial will follow at Gridley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to the East Bay Camp Freed Point, 24248 Ron Smith Highway, Hudson, IL 61748. Calvert-Johnson & Musselman Memorial Home, Lexington, is assisting the family with services.

Ruth was born Oct. 26, 1917, in Gridley, the daughter of Charles J. and Emma L. Pfeffinger Klein. She married William “Bill” Freed on Feb. 10, 1965. He died Jan. 5, 2014.

Surviving are one sister, Mary Bowe, Columbia, S.C., and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lexington. She graduated from Gridley High School in 1936 and then Gallagher Business School in Kankakee. She went to work as a secretary for the president of the University of Illinois in Champaign for 26 years. Ruth did not drive while in Champaign and walked the 11 blocks to and from work every day. After they were married Ruth and Bill farmed in the Lexington and Gridley area for many years.

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