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Fredda Starnes of Denver, Colo.


Fredda (McNeely) Starnes, 83, of Denver, Colo., passed away April 12, 2014 at the Garden Terrace Alzheimer Center in Aurora, Colo.

Fredda Starnes

Fredda Starnes

Funeral services will be at at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the First Baptist Church of Henrietta, followed by a memorial service at Calvary Baptist Church of Denver, Colo., at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

Mrs. Starnes was born March 28, 1931 in Frederick, Okla., to Fred and Loma (Burrus) McNeely. She moved with her parents and sister Louise to Petrolia. She graduated from Petrolia High School in 1948 and attended North Texas State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1952. While at NTSU, Fredda was a member of the Green Jackets, Phi Gamma Kappa Sorority and the Mary Arden Club. She taught school in Petrolia for five years and in Colorado for 25 years. In Colorado, she taught third and fourth grades, and Title One reading. She and her husband traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Israel, Europe, South America, American and British Virgin Islands, Panama Canal and took several cruises in the Caribbean. They also visited about half of the United States from coast to coast.
In retirement, she spent 20 years as a volunteer with the Aurora Hospital Auxiliary. She also served as President of the Colorado Association of Auxiliary and Volunteers. She volunteered in the schools where she assisted student as a reading tutor. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Denver. She was also an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Honor Society for teaching professionals, Eastern Star and a lifetime member of the Clay County Texas Historical Society.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Lee Eddie Starnes; a daughter, Leigh (Starnes) Bessey and husband Tim; a sister, Louise (McNeely) Wages of Petrolia; two sisters-in-law, Mary Louise (Starnes) Kostecki of Santa Fe, N.M., and Varue (Gibson) Starnes of Wichita Falls; and one granddaughter.

Memorials can be made to the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association, or Calvary Baptist Church of Denver.


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