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Helen Louise (Hays) Freas Decker

A funeral service, celebrating the life of Helen Louise (Hays) Freas Decker, 78, of Newark, will be held Friday, December 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of The Hoskinson Funeral Home, Kirkersville, with burial to follow at Fairmount Cemetery, Jacksontown.

Helen died unexpectedly Monday evening, December 5, 2011, in Newark. She was born in Liberty, Kentucky, on June 10, 1933, the daughter of the late Gaither and Naomi (Allen) Hayes.

A lifelong homemaker, she was a former member of the Newark Eagles.

She is survived by her loving family: Her son, Harold C. (Donna) Freas of Hebron; her siblings, Dick, Betty, Viola, Carolyn,

Jerry, Bonnie, Kay, Joyce, Terri, Charlotte and Debra; her grandchildren, Catherine, Lindsey, Stephanie, David Lee and Shawn; her great grandchildren, Hannah and Laiken; her daughter-in-law, Karen Freas; her life partner, Oliver Brown of Newark; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold A. Freas; sons, Phillip and David; her sister, Annette; and her brother, Howard.

Friends may call on Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home, 285 E Main St in Kirkersville, where an on-line video tribute and guest register are available at

Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association in her memory.

Hoskinson Funeral Home, Kirkersville, is honored to care for the Freas Family.

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