Freeda Blackburn McCulloch passed from this life on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. She was born in Limestone County, Feb. 21, 1923. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Ray G. McCulloch of Decatur. Ray was a pastor of The First Christian Church, and Freeda served as a faithful pastor's wife for over 34 years. She was a huge part of his ministry and loved reaching out, not only to the members of their churches, but the community as a whole. She had many hobbies such as cooking, painting, knitting and crocheting. She was a beautician in the Decatur area for many years. She was an excellent seamstress and even assisted in creating her granddaughter's wedding gown at the age of 81. She loved to read and spend time with her family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother, church member and friend and will be remembered for her precious heart and wonderful sense of humor.
She is survived by her two children, Edd McCulloch and wife Kathy of McGregor, Texas, and Phyllis Woodis and husband David of Athens. Eight grandchildren, Ray G. McCulloch II, Charles McCulloch, Fred McCulloch and Crysta McCulloch, all of Texas; Tim Spidel of Florence, Rebekah Jeffreys of Leighton, and Todd Spidel and Trent Spidel, both of Athens. She also had seven precious great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Limestone Chapel on Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Graveside service will be held at Valhermoso Springs Cemetery, Valhermoso, on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, P.O. Box 2745, Decatur, Alabama 35602.
Special thanks go to Tamarie Day of Hospice of the Valley whose time, expertise and thoughtfulness are much appreciated.