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Maxine (Yaeger) Friemonth, who was for many years a highly respected and much admired civic and business leader in the Glasgow community, passed at Golden Living Center on Tuesday morning, May 6, 2014, at the age of 91.

The daughter of Fred and Bertie (Tippett) Yaeger, Mrs. Friemonth was born on Aug. 26, 1922, in Steinmetz where her father was an agent for the Chicago and Alton Railroad.

She attended Steinmetz School and then Linridge School where she was a student of her sister, Helen. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1940. On Oct. 2, 1940, she was united in marriage to Elmer William Friemonth at the St. Mary Rectory. She was a member of the E.U.B Church and later the United Methodist Church.

Maxine was a devoted housewife and mother until she was cast into the funeral business due to the debilitating illness and ultimate death of her husband. With her characteristic indomitable spirit, she continued to run the business, serving families at Friemonth Funeral Home, with dignity, care, and compassion for many years. She continued her active participation in the business for several years after the operation was assumed by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Mark Freese.

Maxine was a gracious lady who took enormous pride in her community—ever willing to take part in any activity to uplift the town of Glasgow. She had a deep and abiding interest in history and was often active in the historic preservation of local buildings and houses. Aside from being instrumental in financially supporting and restoring multiple establishments and historic homes in Glasgow, she also served in several organizations. Maxine served in the Tri-County Trust Board of Directors, Glasgow Museum Board, United Methodist Church Board and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by three daughters, Barbara (Dick) Skelly of Key Largo, Fla., Luana (Gary) Quick of Henderson, Ky., and Susan (Mark) Freese of Glasgow, Mo.; sister, Kathryn (Otto) Frevert of Fayette, Mo.; five grandchildren, David Skelly, Megan Rovner, Carrie Maher, Kristin Freese-McAdams, and Michael Freese; five great-grandchildren, Aiden and Nathaniel Skelly, Maxine Rovner, Max McAdams, and Redding Maher. Besides her parents and husband, Maxine was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl, Myrl, and Bernard Yaeger, and one sister, Helen Stapp.

Services for Mrs. Friemonth will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow with Rev. Karen Alden and Fr. Jerry Stockman officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Washington Cemetery in Glasgow.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Glasgow United Methodist Church, St. Mary School, or the Yaeger Family Scholarship Fund.

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