Freddie Tidwell passed away on her 90th birthday in her home on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas. Freddie was born in Carlsbad, N.M., Oct. 14, 1929 to Floris and Arlet Chitwood.
The family moved to Southeastern Oklahoma during the Great Depression, eventually returning to New Mexico where Freddie graduated from Belen High School. She returned to Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee graduating in 1950.
Freddie met Edward Audry Tidwell at Octavia Baptist Church in Oklahoma’s Kiamichi Mountains during a summer visit to her grandparent’s farm. Edward was born in Honobia, Okla., Jan. 21, 1927 to Sena and Henry Tidwell. He graduated from high school in 1945 and joined the U.S. Army, traveling to Japan with the Army of Occupation. In 1950, Freddie and Edward married and moved to Durant, Okla., where Edward attended Southeastern State College, graduating in 1952.
They moved to Witchita, Kan., in 1953 where Edward worked for Boeing and then to Bartlesville, Okla., in 1956 where he worked for Phillips Petroleum. In 1973, they moved to Dallas where Edward worked in the home building and cabinet manufacturing industries. They retired to Cedar Creek Lake in 2003. Edward passed away in their home June 29, 2013.
Freddie is survived by sons Dan of Houston, Stan and wife Sandi of Midlothian, Andy and wife Sharon of San Antonio and Rodney and wife Peggy of Wimberly, grandchildren Gina, Andrea, Jaime, Todd, Jennifer, Scott, Chad and Zack and 13 great-grandchildren.
Edward enjoyed baseball, fishing and hunting. Freddie taught the word of God. They enjoyed traveling, their church, friends and loved their family.
We thank the church, friends, and caregivers for providing fellowship and support during their journey on this earth. Freddie and Edward chose Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery as their final resting place. Psalm 23.
A donation honoring Freddie’s lifetime of evangelizing and teaching children can be made to a ministry the Tidwell family has been actively involved in for many years. Good News Evangelistic Fellowship, 74798 South 4710 Road in Westville, Okla., 74965.