Mavis L. Freeman
Mavis L. Freeman – age 93, formerly of Pocahontas, Iowa passed away Monday, September 23, 2013, at the St. Lukes Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mavis Louise McVay was born on the family farm west of Rockwell City, Iowa on August 25, 1920, to Carl and Amber (Bryson) McVay. She graduated from Rockwell City High School in 1938. She was active in music and drama during her high school years and often sang solos with her sister, Dorothy in the Presbyterian Church. After graduation, Mavis worked for the Rockwell City Superintendent of Schools, Union State Bank and later the Ration Board.
On October 25, 1943, Mavis married Earl “Bud” Freeman in Dumont, Iowa. When Earl returned from Europe at the end of WW II, the couple settled in Pocahontas. After their two daughters, Ann and Julie, were in school, Mavis started working in the Pocahontas State Bank, where she worked for 30 years, retiring on July 31, 1981. Following retirement Earl and Mavis wintered in Florida and Harlingen, Texas, where they enjoyed dancing and golfing. They moved to Cedar Rapids in April 2012 and lived at Keystone Cedars Assisted Living Apartments. Earl passed away in August, 2012. While at Keystone Cedars, Mavis participated in activities such as Book Club, exercise classes, bus trips and shopping. She enjoyed her outings to Younkers, New Bo Market and Target with her new friends. She loved living at Keystone Cedars and she said she “had a good time.”
Mavis was an active member of the Presbyterian Church. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday and Bible School, organized a youth choir and was a member of the Presbyterian Women. Mavis enjoyed spending time with her family, especially during the holidays.
Survivors include her daughters, Ann (Don) Wickenkamp of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Julie (Chuck) Varilek of Estes Park, Colorado, grandchildren, Greg and Steve Wickenkamp and Jennifer (Luke) LaFosse and Audra Varilek (fiancé Dana Michener), sister-in-law, Maxine Streit and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mavis was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Earl, sister, Dorothy Pickering and brother, Wayne McVay.
A special thank you to Dr. Hanawalt, Dr. Bell, the staff and friends at Keystone Cedars and Nancy, who introduced her to the love of reading.
Visitation was held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at United Presbyterian Church in Pocahontas, Iowa.
The funeral was held on Saturday September 28, 2013 at United Presbyterian Church, Pocahontas, Iowa.