Posted: Wed 3:26 PM, Nov 21, 2012
Funeral Home: Leavitt Funeral Home
Freda Smith Pyles Frey, 93, of Parkersburg, went to be with her Lord and
Savior on Monday, November 19, 2012 with her brother Tip by her side. She
was born February 11, 1919 in Marietta, OH, daughter of the late Edward and
Harriett Hufford Dye.
She was a devout Christian, a Nazarene by faith, who's positive spirit,
uplifting demeanor, and quick smile will always be cherished by the large
extended family which she was the heart of. An active member of the First
Church of Nazarene for over 50 years she served the Lord in song, as a
Sunday School teacher, and member of the Missionary Society.
She enjoyed a long retail career with JC Penney from where she retired as
Associate Merchandiser in 1978. Her "can do" attitude also contributed to
her early success as a Tupperware Sales Representative where she won
numerous sales awards. During World War II she worked in an Ohio Aircraft
Factory, as husband Sgt. Riker Smith spent nearly two years in a German POW
camp. They later settled in Parkersburg and raised two children, Dianna and
She is survived by one brother, Clarence E. "Tip" (Joan) Dye of Clarington,
OH; three sisters, Shirley Lockhart of Parkersburg, Kay (John) Hedrich of
Clearwater, FL, Carolyn Reiker of Centerville, IN; a special nephew whom she
raised, Steven (Rachel) Swayne of Harlem, GA, many nieces and nephews and
her late husband's extended family members who will all carry the many
memories she helped to create. Also two special friends, Sybil Rogers and
Sheila Ratliff, added joy later in Freda's life along with her dog Sassy.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband,
Riker K. Smith in 1985, second husband, Raymond N. Pyles, Sr. in 1996, last
husband Morton Frey, Jr.; one daughter, Dianna Lynn Clayton; one brother
Joseph E. Dye, sisters Ethel Duke and Marlene Hoover and two infant sisters
Services will be Saturday 3:00PM at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with
Pastor Keith Hostutler officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation
will be Saturday 1-3PM at Leavitt Funeral Home.