Maxine (Woodhams) Freiheit, Clay Center, KS, celebrates her 100th birthday, today October 2, 2014. Maxine graduated from Miltonvale Wesleyan Academy in 1932. She attended Miltonvale Wesleyan College for three years, Marion College for one year, and returned to MWC for three years of theology. She also attended Purdue University. Miltonvale College is an antecedent college of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Maxine married Floyd Freiheit, a graduate of Miltonvale Wesleyan College (OKWU) and Marion College (IWU), on July 12, 1939. Together they pastored in The Wesleyan Church for 42 years. They pastored churches in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Kansas, New York, and Maryland.
Maxine served as denominational and district leader in Wesleyan Women as the Iowa-Minnesota District Director and as the Western Area Director for 19 years.
Maxine was a much-loved pastor’s wife, wise counselor, adult and teen Sunday School teacher, and professional seamstress. Maxine taught Sunday School until she was 97. Perhaps most of all, she was a treasured and dear friend of many!
Maxine’s children, Kathleen Robbins and Betty Lou Harris and husband, Phil, and grandchildren, Kari Jo Cates, Heather Robbins, Scott Harris, Jeff Robbins and wife, Marcie Coibion Robbins, all attended OKWU.
Maxine’s mother, Grace Wilson Woodhams, was in the first MWC class in 1909. Her uncle, Dr. O. G. Wilson, her brother-in-law, Ezra Morgan, her cousins Claire Gleason and Dr. Charles Wilson all taught at MWC.
Maxine has lived a life led by and blessed by God’s amazing grace. She most treasures her family, the impact of her training at MWC/OKWU and IWU, the rewards of shared ministry through these many years, the love of treasured friends in The Wesleyan Church family and in her community.
Shared by her daughters: Kathleen Robbins and Betty Lou Harris