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Betty Mae Freer

April 10, 1931 — March 10, 2024


Betty Mae Teeple Freer, 92, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones who deeply mourn her loss. Betty was born in Black River, MI and was raised in Mikado. She was valedictorian of her Oscoda High School class and loved her brief time at Alma College. 

Betty was a gentle, loving soul with the patience of a saint. She was a gardener to her core and, because of her way with seed and soil, beautiful heirloom flowers passed between sisters, nieces, aunts, and friends and bloomed wherever she lived. She was a working woman her whole life – growing businesses in Curran and Harrisville. She was especially happy when she envisioned and then established The Cove gift shop - traveling through parts of the southeastern US to find off-the-beaten-path artisans and unique gifts. She was a knitter, quilter, and accomplished seamstress as well as a wonderful baker and a loyal Tigers baseball fan since she was a young girl. We will miss her infectious “Teeple laugh,” her warm hugs, legendary fruitcake, wise counseling, and truly generous heart. 

She was a warm and loving mother, grandmother, and aunt and her family meant the world to her. She is survived by daughters Robin Freer and Jennifer (Guy) Harris as well as her beloved grandchildren Robert and Jorge Freer and Sophie Harris. Her niece and nephew-in-law, Priscilla and Ronnie Deller, were an essential and well-loved part of her life and survive her as well. She leaves behind two sisters, Marlene Conklin and Linda Treece, as well as countless nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Freer; her son, Brant Freer; and sisters Harriet Schrade, Wanda Lovelace, Louise Indish, and brother Willis Teeple. 

Visitation will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 10:00 AM until the memorial service at 12:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Harrisville. 

Please consider a donation to the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Harrisville (201 N. Second Street, Harrisville, MI 48740) or the Alpena Compassus hospice care ( in lieu of flowers.  To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Betty Mae Freer, please visit our flower store.


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