Freda M. McMunn, 87, of Parsons died at 5:50 p.m. Sunday, April 25, 2010, at Elmhaven East in Parsons. She had been in failing health.
She was born April 17, 1923, in rural Parsons to Fred W. and Edna L. (Landreth) Palmer. She was a lifelong resident of Labette County, where she attended Altamont schools and was a 1941 graduate of Labette County Community High School.
Following high school graduation, she taught three years at Hiatt School and two years at Center Country School.
On May 19, 1946, she married Eugene S. McMunn at her home. Through the years, she assisted her husband with their farming operation. After their children were grown, she worked in the fabric department at J.C. Penney in Parsons for 15 years until retirement.
In 1957, she became a sewing 4-H project leader and later a community leader. In earlier years, she was a member of Spring Valley Church and presently the Center Bethel Union Church, where she attended Study Club and held various offices. She taught high school Sunday school for many years, enjoyed singing in the church choir and was an avid community historian and genealogist. She especially enjoyed family gatherings and attending her grandchildren’s numerous activities.
Survivors include two sons, Terry McMunn and his wife, Kim, and Ronald McMunn and his wife, Joyce, all of rural Parsons; three daughters, Janet Moreland and her husband, Gary, of Princeton, Ill., Alice Anderegg and her husband, Ronald, of Garnett and Nola Anderegg of rural Parsons; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Loren Palmer of Grove, Okla., and Fred Palmer of Santa Fe, N.M.; five sisters, Edith Glendening of Bonner Springs, Leta Webster of Altamont, Beverly Williams of Parsons, Lois Withrow of Union, Mo., and Ann Bradshaw of Grand Junction, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene McMunn, on Oct. 16, 1994; and a son-in-law, Marvin Anderegg.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Center Bethel Union Church. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to The 506 Foundation Inc. for scholarships or the Center Bethel Union Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.