Freddie's Story

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Freddie Mae (Perkins) Livesay, 102, passed away at home in Norman, OK on June 11, 2017. Freddie was born in Nicholas County, WV on March 13, 1915, to Rayburn Elmer Perkins and Dorothea Mae Underwood, the second oldest of four girls (Nellie Evelyn, Reona Angeline, and Georgia Ethel, now all deceased). Freddies high school studies were interrupted during the depression when her family couldnt afford daily train fare into town. She later returned to school and graduated from Richwood High School at age 21 with the Class of 1936.
In 1942 Freddie took the train from WV to Reno NV where she married James William Livesay of Leivasy, WV. The newly-weds settled in Ft. Klamath, Oregon where Bill had his first job, after graduation from Penn State University, as a forester with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Freddie was employed as a Bridal Consultant at Lipman Wolfe & Co. in Portland, Oregon for many years. After retirement in 1980, she relocated to Norman, OK to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Bonne (Livesay) and Siddiq Karim, loading up her car and driving down the Columbia River Gorge the day before Mt. St. Helens erupted with clouds of smoke and ash in the air.
Freddie was active in many Norman groups including Newcomers, Christian Women, Brookhaven Garden Club, and the Womens Open Bible Study Class at First Baptist Church. She served as President of University Women and Sundowners Home Extension Club.
Freddie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, grandchildren Farooq (Blossom) and Talia (Jaro Lepic) Karim, and great-grandsons Zane and Adam Karim.
Private family services will be held in Oregon with Internment at Willamette National Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Norman Public Library Friends of the Library or OU Womens Studies Program in care of the OU Foundation.
Freddies family has entrusted her care to Tribute Memorial Care in Norman (405.292.4787). Condolences and memories of Freddie may be shared online at www.tribute.care.
Published on June 14, 2017
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