Barbara Frances Frederick “Freddie, the babies’ nurse”

Barbara, 98, went to join our Lord in eternal rest on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Winchester Medical Center.

Freddie was born on July 31, 1921 in Virginia to the late Fitzhugh Cleveland and Eula Esther Brill Peer.

She is survived by three children, Susan Lee (Tommy) of Fredericksburg, RL Frederick (Michele) of Front Royal, and Deborah Frederick of Front Royal, four grandchildren, one step-grandchild, four great-grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren, and her sister Nancy Peer.

She is preceded in death by her husband Royce, her son David, her parents, and six siblings. “Freddie” was born in Van Buren Furnace and was one of eight children.

She trained and worked as a nurse in the 1940’s in Woodstock; later she worked in Washington, D.C., and in 1955 she joined the staff at Warren Memorial Hospital until she retired in 2004. Serving the mothers and their babies was the joy of her life. She also greatly enjoyed the company of fellow nurses.

Her funeral service will be held at Riverton United Methodist church on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11 AM with entombment at Panorama Memorial Gardens at Waterlick.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078 or Riverton United Methodist Church, 55 East Strasburg Rd. Front Royal.

  16 comments for “Barbara Frances Frederick “Freddie, the babies’ nurse”

  1. Sandy cooksey
    August 18, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Freddie. You will be missed and always remembered. It was a honor to be one of your caregivers and the chance to get to know you better. You was one special lady. I will always remember that smile and the good times we had. I love you and we will meet again.

    • Nancy W Turnage
      August 19, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      You were a lovely, loving lady whom I enjoyed when you visited Fredericksburg. I only know your Susan and I have never known a more devoted daughter. She must have learned it from you. I know you are in a better place and deserve comfort and rest. You will be remembered.

    • Jeannette Stacey
      August 20, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      Freddie was a special person. I enjoyed sitting with her. She was no trouble at all. Loved her so much. God has a special place for Freddie in heaven. God Bless!

  2. David Winn
    August 19, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Mrs. Frederick. She was a remarkable lady and exemplified the spirit and the actions of a true nurse and angel to those she served. I met and chatted with her several times in Fredericksburg when she was visiting her daughter Susan and family. Her modesty and simple grace were always amazing and I know she will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace, gentle lady.

  3. Chuck and Maryellen Courtland
    August 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to Susan Lee and all the family of Barbara Frederick. I know you have many wonderful memories to remind you often of her. God bless and comfort you at this sad time.

  4. Walt Allen
    August 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Hello there, I was privileged to know Mrs. Freddie. I had seen her for physical therapy at a local ALF where she lived. She was always so sweet and cooperative about doing her exercises. She had a lovely disposition and warm smile. She was such a lovable and genuine person. I am glad that I was able to cross her paths. I also find great joy knowing that she is with our Heavenly Father. God bless her dear family during this time.

  5. Anna Bowman
    August 20, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Sorry for Your family loss may you find comfort in all of your fond memories. I worked with Barbara at the Hospital before I moved away in 1974. During that time we took a trip together to Hersey, Pa. We stayed in A Tourist Home. We visited David & R L at the Milton Hersey School. We toured the school and the Chocolate Factory . A few weeks ago I was visiting my brother in Strasburg, Va. we visited Barbara in her home on Guard Hill. She didn’t remember me at first it had been such a long time. I mentioned A few Co-workers and our trip then she remembered. We had A nice visit so glad I got to see her. My brother Joe Beall delivers gas to Debbie he works for Amerigas . Love to All, Anna Beall Smithers Bowman

  6. Sibby and Paige Young
    August 20, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Dear Susan and family, we are continuing to keep all of you in our prayers. Your ninety-eighty year old Mom has been an inspiration to all of us as she adjusted to changes in life style due to illness. I cannot comment without admiration of both you and Tommy in your unfailing devotion and care to your Mom. Well done! Our thoughts are with you. Sibby and Paige

  7. Denise Long
    August 21, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Dearest Susan and Tommy,

    We are very saddened to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are being lifted for your family. May God bless you with His comfort and peace during this time.

    Your friends,
    Denise and Labon Long, Jr.

  8. Anna Bowman
    August 21, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Sorry for your family loss may you find comfort in fond memories. I worked with Barbara at the hospital ,until I moved away in 1974. One weekend we drove to Hershey. Pa to visit David & R L at the Milton Hershey School. We stayed at a tourist home. We toured the Chocolate Factory. After work we get together with other co-workers and play cards. A few weeks ago I was visiting my brother in Strasburg, Va. We visited Barbara in her home on Guard Hill Rd. My brother Joe Beall works for Amerigas he delivers gas to Debbie. We had a nice visit she didn’t know me at first. It had been a long time. When I mentioned the trip to Pa. and some co-workers she remembered. Love to All. Anna

  9. Elizabeth Byrd
    August 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    My deepest sympathy To Freddies family. I worked with Freddie and her babies ,She was a loving woman and a one of a kind nurse, to be admired for her ethics and dedication. You are in my thoughts and prayers, may God give you comfort.She will be remembered

  10. Vivian Reagan
    August 22, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Susan, you and your family are in my prayers. You had 98 wonderful years with your mother what a blessing !

  11. Pat Veitenthal
    August 22, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Freddie was much loved by many friends @ WMH. Such a kind heart.

  12. Darlene Flemer
    August 22, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Susan – Am so sorry to hear of your loss. You were such a devoted daughter. Sounds like your mother was the kind of person admired by many. Will keep you and the rest of the family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  13. Jerry Tolley
    August 22, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I had the honor and privilege of taking over physical therapy duties with Freddie from Walt Allen for the past several months. Freddie was always very sweet and kind. She gave her best effort and worked hard with me every visit even when she did not feel up to it. She was as beautiful of a person as she was resilient in her battles with her health issues. She loved her family dearly. I will miss seeing her as she brightened my day. May God give this family comfort and peace.

  14. Marie-Anne C. DELACROIX
    August 24, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Dear friends,

    I am so sorry for your loss, Susan, Tommy. I just loved your mom with all my heart! May she rest in Peace!

    My thoughts are with you today.

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