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Freada Lucille Planting, 86, of Boise, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, in a Boise care center. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Central Assembly Christian Life Center, 12000 Fairview Ave., with Pastors Loren Yadon Ted Buck and Marion Fretwell (Freada’s brother) officiating. Burial will follow at Cloverdale Cemetery. Services are under direction of the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise. A viewing will be held today from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with the family greeting friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Freada Lucille Planting was born April 7, 1916, at the family home at Roswell, Idaho, the eighth of 12 children born to William Lafayette and Fannie Ramsey Fretwell. She grew up in Roswell, graduating from high school in the class of 1935; then worked for Woolworth Co. in Caldwell and later in Boise.

She attended Boise Bible College for a time, where she met her future husband. On Jan. 1, 1939, she married Clarence A. Planting in Boise. After they were married they lived in several locations due to Clarence’s employment including Hermiston, Ore., Ordinance Depot; Edgemont, S.D.; Alliance and Scottsbluff, Neb. They returned to Boise in 1942. They then moved to Oregon to operate the Planting family wheat ranch near Pendleton for three years. In 1946 they moved to Tupelo, Miss., where Freada taught in the PBI Bible College for a time, and had their first child. In 1949 they returned to Boise where they settled and had two more children.

Freada was active in her church, teaching Sunday school, cooking and serving as the camp nurse for the youth camp. Freada loved to decorate wedding cakes. She and her sister-in-law, Lucile, spent many hours figuring out how to decorate the cakes and learned by just doing it. Starting in the early fifties until the mid-seventies, she made wedding cakes, even taking one all the way to Oregon in the trunk of the car, assembling it and decorating it there for a niece’s wedding.

In 1986, Clarence died. After that when she could no longer maintain her home by herself, she sold her home and moved to Valley View Retirement. She enjoyed the friendship of the other residents, playing bingo and putting puzzles together. Freada made friends wherever she went, but her main joy was spending time with her family.

Freada is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Ken Durham of Boise; a son, Gregory Planting of Seattle, Wash.; two brothers and their wives, Marion and Pearl Fretwell of Yakima, Wash., and Allen and Jewell Fretwell of Greenville, S.C.; and two grandchildren, Matt Durham and his wife, Kira, and Danny Durham and his wife, Christina; four great-grandchildren, Austin, Katie, Hunter and Dylan, all of Boise.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her parents, six sisters, and three brothers.

Contributed by: Shelli Steedman

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