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Luella Mae (Johnson) Frey

October 18, 1930 ~ August 27, 2019 (age 88)


Luella Mae Frey of Moscow died Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at her home. She was 88.

She was born October 18, 1930 in Burke, South Dakota to Charles and Olive Fish Johnson. She grew up there, attending a country school and graduated from high school. On June 9, 1948 she married Walter L. Frey in Lucas, South Dakota. They lived on his family farm before moving to California in 1956, settling in Harbor City.

Luella was an accomplished seamstress and after her children were of school age, she worked at various drapery shops. She later obtained her Real Estate License when they lived in Redondo Beach, CA.

They moved to Moscow in 1973 and opened Walt’s Appliance Repair. Luella did the scheduling and kept the books. Walt and Luella closed the store in 2004, he continued to work for Howard Hughes Appliance, retiring in 2014. Over the years she enjoyed archery, camping in their RV and oil painting. She volunteered and was instrumental in the formation of the Chapter for the Blind and scheduling meetings in Moscow.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Walt last year and a son, Danny. She is survived by her children, son, Roland (Anne) Frey and daughters, Carolyn Anderson all of Moscow and Kathleen (Graham) Church in Australia. She also leaves 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, a great great grandson as well as a brother, George Johnson in Burke, SD.

In addition to her husband and son, she was also preceded in death by 7 brothers and sisters.

At her request, there will be a small family gathering at the Moscow Cemetery. There will also be a Celebration of Life at the Moscow Eagles Lodge on Main Street beginning at 4:30 PM on Friday, September 13th. The family suggest memorials be made to the Idaho Chapter for the Blind.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

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Celebration of Life
September 13, 2019

4:30 PM
Moscow Eagles Lodge

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