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Obituary: Freda Ward Neal, Columbus

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Freda Ward Neal, 70, of Columbus, died Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014, in Columbus.

Freda was born July 15, 1943, in Manchester, Kentucky, to Dan and Beulah (Wilson) Ward.

She is survived by her partner of 21 years, Lee Hamlin of Columbus. Freda had two children, Jessica Lacey of Knoxville, TN, and Lisa (Mark) Neal-Davis of Nineveh; two grandchildren, Chelsie Lacey of Knoxville, TN, and Joshua (Jill) Garris of Columbus, who gave Freda her only great-grandchild, Landon Garris. Freda also had a sister, Patricia (Norbert) Abraham of Colorado.,

As a child, Freda’s family moved to Hayden, Indiana, and then to Columbus, Indiana. She graduated from Columbus High School and went on to graduate from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Throughout her life she had worked with the Association of Humanistic Psychology and traveled extensively helping to coordinate conferences with the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Freda also trained to be a massage therapist in Chicago and Arkansas. She was the founder of Alternatives for Health in Columbus, which eventually became a full day spa and as well as a massage school.

Freda was a free thinker who helped others see their true potential. She was a teacher and a mentor to many. She traveled often which allowed her to see a lot of interesting places and meet some extraordinary people.

She was an inspiration, a champion, and a cheerleader in many of our lives. If you knew Freda, you loved Freda.

She had many interests and an adventurous spirit. She played the guitar and the piano, swam with the dolphins and rode a motorcycle. She even went sky diving on her 49th birthday. She loved to fish and spend time in the outdoors.

Summing up Freda in a short summary is almost impossible because her life was large. She lived and loved greatly. She touched so many lives in so many ways, it is unbelievable. On the morning she passed away we saw a rainbow shooting straight up into the sky. Oddly enough, there was no rain and the skies were clear and blue. I’m sure that was a beautiful sign to let us know she had made it home. Thank God for you Freda. You have been the wind beneath our wings. We love you and will miss you.

A memorial celebration will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Simmons Winery, 8111 E. County Road 450N, Columbus, with a service following at 3:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St., Columbus, IN 47201, or Columbus Love Chapel, 311 Center St., Columbus, IN 47201.

Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, is handling arrangements.

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