Freda (Moser) Maxwell

Freda (Moser) Maxwell    Freda (Moser) Maxwell, 96 died Oct. 21, at Pondera Extended Care Facility of natural causes.
    Funeral Services were held Oct. 25, at Pondera Valley Lutheran Church in Conrad.  Burial followed in the Choteau Cemetery.  Pondera Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
    Survivors include her husband, James Maxwell, of Conrad; grandchildren, Fred (Becky) Phillips, of Whitehall, Brian (Jackie) Phillips, of Marion, Kim Price, of Santa Fe, N.M., and Tammy (Richard) Parker, of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Barbara Anderson, of Columbia Falls; sisters, Edna Norton, of Clarkston, Wash., Viola (Bob) Brownell, of Pendroy, and Margaret (Willis) Rigby, of Conrad; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews; step-daughters, Beverly (Ray) Graf, Mona (Gene) Depner, Karen (Ernest) Tordale, and Danna (Larry) Moser.
    Freda was born in Yuma, Colo., on Aug. 3, 1911 to Adolph and Johanna (Gemar) Moser.  The family moved to Agawam in 1917.  Freda attended the first grade there and the West School for the next seven years.  She attended high school at the Teton County High School in Choteau graduating in 1929.  She took teacher’s training the last two years of high school and received a two year certificate to teach in a country school. In the fall of 1929, she taught at the Harmony School west of Pendroy.  She met her first husband Fred W. “Fritz” Phillips in the Pendroy area.  They married June 16, 1930 and to this union two children were born, Betty Joan, on June 3, 1931 and Donovan Fred, on Sept. 17, 1932.  In 1950 Freda began attending college during summers while still teaching during the school year.  She received her B.S. Degree in 1966.  Freda taught the elementary grades for twenty three years.  Her teaching career was successful because she loved children.  Fritz died Feb. 10, 1958.
    Freda married Ronald Nelson on Jan. 30, 1959.  Ronald passed away suddenly on Feb. 14, 1992.
    On Sept. 22, 1996, Freda married James Maxwell in Conrad.
    Freda enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening and was known for cooking good meals and baked goods.  History intrigued Freda.  She authored a book about the town of Williams, which was published in 1979.  She and her husband, James were members of Pondera Historical Society.  They had fun dressing in pioneer costumes and participating in local parades.
    Freda was preceded in death by her daughter, Betty, in 1949; her son, Donovan, in 1981; brothers, William, Gustave, and Rudolph Moser; and a sister, Ella Wiest.
    Memorials are suggested to the Pondera Historical Society or donor’s choice.