Martha Sue Collins Freund was born February 25, 1943, to Thomas Alvin Collins and Alice Bunch Collins. She graduated from Forsyth High School in 1961 and was married April 14, 1962, to George William (Bill) Freund. She passed peacefully in her home on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
She was proceeded in death by her mother, father, husband Bill, brother Robert Eugene (Bob) Collins, sister-in-law Janice Kay Collins, and sister-in-law Karen Freund.
She is survived by daughter Carla Braden, and son Randy Freund and wife Racine.
Grandchildren include Amy Strahan and husband Josh, Tyler Braden and wife Chasity, Dusty Freund, Ethan Freund, and Rachel Freund.
Great grandchildren: Joshua Strahan, Zackary Strahan, Taylor Braden, Thomas Strahan, and Carter Braden.
She is also survived by her sister Janice Wolf and husband Rusty; brother-in-law Jerry Freund; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Her career was in banking where she met many wonderful lifelong friends. She retired after 30 years in the banking industry and began her dream career in life by taking care of her great grandchildren.
The greatest joy in her life were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a pitcher, catcher, coach, umpire, referee, and a guest of many tea parties, and picnics on the floor or out on the deck. She would have coffee and tea ready for all who came in the morning, and it was always made with love and of course, the perfect amount of cream and or sugar made for each one individually. She would always make them pancakes and loved when they told her she made better pancakes than anyone else.
She did not babysit on Fridays unless there was an emergency. That day was set aside for yard sales and shopping with her sister (Aunt Gee). Even during covid they would at least get out and take a drive.
She loved the beach and had many fond memories with her children and grandchildren there.
She had wonderful lifelong friends. Most she met at work, but some were friends from childhood. She had fun going to the beach and sometimes crazy trips with her friends and always had fun stories when she returned home. They had monthly card games, and she was always excited for them to come play cards and talk about life. They had just finished, the Friday before her passing, planning their game day for April.
She sent out birthday cards to all her family and friends. In fact, if you have a birthday between now and August your birthday card is already signed, sealed and ready to mail.
If you drove past the house and it was warm you would most likely see her sitting out on the front porch or wandering around in the yard. She always enjoyed flowers of any kind and if we asked what she was doing she would always reply “just playing in the dirt”.
She cooked Sunday dinner every Sunday and always made sure to have at least one dish everyone liked. On the Sunday closest to your birthday, you got to pick what was on the menu for lunch even if the foods didn’t go together. One of the strangest combinations was meatballs and cashew chicken casserole, an interesting family favorite. Our favorite Sundays were spent watching football. If the game got too close, she would go to her room to record the game and then wait to see the outcome before watching it later on.
She always had her way to do everything and her own opinion on the matter. We will miss her tough love, stubborn attitude, and constant push to be our best. We are all grateful to have spent so many years with her and have made memories that will last a lifetime.
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