Freeda Janell Robson, a longtime resident of Willow Springs, passed away Friday evening, January 8, 2021 while at her home. She was born September 27, 1930 in Hartville, MO to Everett and Cleo (Wood) Kelsay and was 90 years old.

Freeda grew up in Hartville and attended the schools there, graduating from Hartville High School with the Class of 1950. On December 22, 1950, Freeda was united in marriage to Eugene Robson and to this union one son was born. Freeda was very well known in the community as a cashier at Ferguson Drug and later at Lakeland Pharmacy in Willow Springs. She retired after working for 51 years. She also helped her husband of 62 years on the farm. In her younger years she loved to hand quilt. She also enjoyed bird watching, especially the cardinals, which were her favorite. In her later years, she truly treasured the time spent with her great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family, her many friends, and all who knew and loved her.

Freeda is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene; and three sisters: Faye, Vera, and Nadine.

She is survived by her son, Charles Robson and Rose Drury of Willow Springs; her sister, Jean Zimmer and her husband, Paul of Springfield; grandson, Colter Robson of West Plains; granddaughter, Lauren Jones and her husband, Damon of Imboden, AR; great grandchildren: Madison, Kash, and Knox; and her niece, Jana Davis of Springfield, who faithfully called Freeda every day.

A funeral service for Freeda J. Robson will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs with Pastor Scott Williamson officiating. Interment will follow at Steele Memorial Cemetery in Hartville, MO. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home, LLC.  Online condolences may be left at

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