Virginia Lee (Rea) Fredrick-Braithwaite passed from this life on Monday, November 13, 2017 in Sapulpa at 90 years of age. She was born January 15, 1927 in Webb City, Missouri to Joseph Benjamin Rea and Emily Dell (Knee) Rea.
Virginia resided in the Joplin and Webb City areas, and attended Prosperity Public School. She has been a resident of Tulsa for about the last 60 years. In 1944, Virginia married Clifford C. Fredrick in Joplin, Missouri, and he preceded her in death on April 1, 1968. In 1986, Virginia married Earl Braithwaite in Tulsa, and he also preceded her in death on August 25, 2014.
Virginia last worked as a skip tracer collecting debts for an attorney in Tulsa. She was also a cook, and in her younger years had worked as a cook for Tulsa Public Schools. Virginia was an excellent seamstress, and had made clothing for her children, husband, and herself. She also did embroidery and crocheted doilies, and even a tablecloth. Virginia had a green thumb, and enjoyed gardening as well. She did just about anything thrown at her – and was even an excellent marksman with cakes. Virginia was a Jehovah’s Witness and most recent congregational member of the Kingdom Hall in Sapulpa.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a son, Donald Fredrick, and fourteen siblings. She leaves behind her children: Caroline Lee West of Tulsa, Richard Fredrick of Owasso, Randy Fredrick of Sallisaw, Phyllis Frazee of Pawhuska, David Fredrick of Los Lunas, Mexico, and Earline Lewis of Sapulpa; one brother, Douglas Rea of Missouri; 24 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren; and a host of extended relatives and friends.
Visitation will be 8am-8pm, Friday, November 17th and 9am-10:30 am, Saturday, November 18th. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Kingdom Hall, 1125 Brenner Road, Sapulpa, Oklahoma. A private burial will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry, Oklahoma. Arrangements are under the direction of Heath-Griffith Funeral Home, (918) 446-6633.
Virginia and her slow southern drawl! My prayers and heartfelt sympathies to the family. What a joyous reunion we will all have in Jehovahs' new world! " Death is not the period in the sentence of life, it is simply the comma."
Sue McClintock (Henry)Collinsville, OK
My deepest sympathies to the family. I remember visiting Virginias' house as a very young boy as she and my Mom were friends. She had a water dispenser in her kitchen I believe, anyway, I was fascinated by it and would always try to drink it dry! My Mom would scold me and Virginia would assure her there was no such thing as drinking too much water!! I'm in my early 50s' now and never pass by a water dispenser without thinking of her and how nice, warm, and friendly she always was to this little boy.
David HenryCollinsville, OK
My heart goes out to the family at their lost of someone who undoubtedly meant so much to them! May the love of Jehovah and the many who love you be a source of comfort to you.
Gregory NortonTulsa, OK