Freda Ann Bailey Abell, 91, of Albany, GA, passed away Friday, April 27, 2017 at Wynfield Park Health and Rehabilitation. Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 11:00 am at Mathews Funeral Home. Mr. Ross Powell will officiate. Interment will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Born in Roanoke, VA, to the late Reed and Rosa Bailey, Freda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and recently great grandmother. She was full of grace and had a quiet Christian spirit. She started each morning referring to this saying "Good Morning, This is God! I will be handling all your problems today. I will not need your help. So, have a good day."
She has resided in Albany since 1959. Freda was first employed with Western Union during World War II in Columbus, GA. For the remainder of her career, she worked as an office manager for insurance companies in both Columbus and Albany until she retired at 65. She also volunteered as a Cub Scout den leader, nursing aid at Northside Elementary School, parent volunteer for many, many school activities and clubs, and she was an avid fan of youth league baseball, golf, and dance recitals.
She was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church and the Agape Sunday School Class.
In addition to her parents, Freda was preceded in death by three brothers Bob Bailey, George Bailey, and Jack Bailey, her stepmother Lila Bailey, and a stepbrother Roy Hudgins.
Survivors include her husband of sixty eight years Bill Abell of Albany, GA, her son Billy Abell of Albany, GA, her daughter Robin (Tom) Nance of Marietta, GA, grandchildren Bradley (Emily) Abell of Leesburg, GA, Katy Abell of Albany, GA, Sam Nance of Columbus, OH, and Walker Nance of Marietta, GA, a great-grandchild Nora Abell, a brother Harold Bailey of Tifton, GA, and a stepsister Lila Lee Jordan of Jacksonville, FL.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour at Mathews Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (www.donatenow.heart.org); American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 10 Glenlake Pkwy NE, South Tower, Ste. 400 Atlanta, GA 30328 or to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness (ww5.komen.org), Susan G. Komen Dept. 41831 P.O. Box 650309. Dallas, TX 75265.
Donations may be made to:
American Heart Association
5962 Zebulon Road, PMB #359, Macon GA 31210