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Nancy Gay Freburg

December 31, 1945 February 13, 2019
Nancy Gay Freburg
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Obituary for Nancy Gay Freburg

Beloved daughter, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, and animal lover, Nancy G. Freburg, passed from this life on Feb. 13, 2019, at her home under the rimrocks in Winnett, MT. Nancy was born Dec. 31, 1945, to Ernest and Ruth Freburg in Lewistown, joining sister Mavis Rae. She grew up working on the family dairy, and graduated from Winnett High School. She attended Rocky Mountain College, graduating with a B.A. in Elementary Education in 1968.

Nancy taught 1st and 2nd grades, then Library Science in Lewistown for 25 years. Nancy became the Petroleum County Public Librarian in 1994, a position previously held by her mom. She was also the Librarian for Grass Range and Roy schools. Always learning, Nancy was instrumental in early automation of the Winnett Library.

Nancy played piano and organ at church and sang with Sweet Adelines. Nancy and Ben Maytum loved cheering on the Winnett Rams basketball teams. Nancy was a lifelong animal lover and advocate, taking in many dogs and cats and enjoying local wildlife. Nancy’s affectionate nature, constant encouragement, and sense of fun were treasured by all.

Nancy was fortunate to have good friends and caregivers who provided help, meals, rides and support during her illness, for which Nancy and her family will be eternally thankful.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Eunice Ann; and nephew, Mark Alan Shotwell. Nancy is survived by sister, Mavis (Bob) Shotwell; special friend, Ben Maytum; niece, Melanie (Chris) Munson and their daughters Kyra and Alyssa; nephew, David Shotwell; and niece, Laurie (Jason) Robinson and their sons Connor (Sally), Aidan, and Brennan.

At Nancy’s request, her body was donated to the WAMI medical program. Services will be held in Winnett in the spring. Memorial donations can be made to the Petroleum County Public Library, Petroleum County Endowment Fund, or Billings Animal Rescue Kare (BARK).

Creel Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Nancy’s family and friends can share memories at

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Memorial Contribution

Petroleum County Endowment Fund

PO Box 206
Winnett, MT 59087

Petroleum County Public Library

c/o Petroleum County Endowment
PO Box 206
Winnett, MT 59087

Billings Animal Rescue Kare (B.A.R.K.)

4017 1st Ave. S.
Billings, MT 59101

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