Thu, 06/16/2016 - 7:41am admin
Freddie Mae Brooks Heck, age 84, of Kadoka, S.D., passed away Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a bout with cancer.
Freddie was born April 17, 1932, in Mitchell to Fred and Elzina Brooks. She attended school in Kimball, Belvidere and Aberdeen.
She married her high school sweetheart Don on August 30, 1953. Three children grew to adulthood from their union, Douglas Leo, 1954 (wife Debbie); Lyndee Ann, 1957 (husband Brent Orr); and Susan Donelle, 1962 (husband Tim Thune).
Freddie and Don have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who are listed below. Freddie paid close attention to each child’s spiritual, social, and physical development. In order of birth the grandchildren are Christopher, Gabriel, Noelle, Luke, Joel, Aaron, Nick, Logan and Jett. Great-grandchildren are Arianna, Trinity, Justice, Gavin, Elora and Caleb.
Freddie made an adult decision to follow the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in her 30s. As she grew in her faith and her relationship to the Lord, she became obedient to her evangelistic gift and leanings by sharing her faith with adults and children alike. Several outlets for this were Good News Club for Children, Release Time for the grade school children, 15 years volunteering as a counselor at the area Crisis Pregnancy Center in Rapid City.
More than anything else, she loved introducing people, especially young people, to the Lord. This, along with mentoring and encouraging others.
She loved being with her family and especially enjoyed family times at the cabin, near Nemo. She also took great pleasure in taming and loving horses on the family ranch.
Freddie was preceded in death by her parents and her younger sister, Marlie.
A public celebration of her life and homegoing, led by Freddie’s family, will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, June 16, at the Kadoka City Auditorium. Friends and family are invited to attend. Following the celebration, a light lunch will be served by the women of the Presbyterian Church and larger community.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.