Freda L. Branch, 93, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 9:20 P.M. June 5, 2019 at Mount Vernon Health Care Center. She was born November 18, 1925 in Mount Vernon to the late Ernest Maude and Eugene Bell (Huston) Bean. Freda first married Paul Gaylord Keip in April 1943. He passed away in July 1970. She later married Ira John Branch on July 23, 1971. He passed away in October 2014.
Freda is survived by her daughters, Jeannie Bain of Mount Vernon and Connie Lee Keele of Texico, Illinois; stepson, John Branch and wife, Bonnie of Clinton, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; siblings, Stewart Bean and Anna Keip, both of Mount Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Freda was preceded in death by her son, Mike Keip; granddaughter, Lana Keele; siblings, Melvin Bean and Evelyn Simms; and son-in-law, Jimmie D. Bain.
Freda was a member of East Salem Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing and camping. Freda loved decorating, especially for Christmas. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Freda was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
A Visitation will be held Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. A Funeral Service will be held at Monday, June 10, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at Hughey Funeral Home with Reverend Richard McCormick officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois. Memorials may be made in Freda’s honor to the Union Chapel Cemetery.