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Freddie Wright Grice was born August 27, 1932, as the next to the youngest of six children that were born to the late Frederick Loman Wright and Bellinger Golden Wright.  Her great aunt named her “Freddie”.  She attended the District of Columbia Public Schools graduating from Dunbar Senior High School in 1950.  After finishing Freedman School of Nursing, she completed the certification as a Registered Nurse.  She attended the University of Maryland for another three years.

 

Freddie began her career at the National Institute of Health Clinical Center, November 1954 as a staff nurse. She started on the 11th floor Nursing Unit of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and remained there for 17 years.  Next, she became head nurse for the Outpatient Department for two years, Chief of the Outpatient Nursing Service for the next six years, served as Acting Chief of the Heart, Lung and Blood Nursing Service and Administrative Nurse in the Aging Clinic. As an active administrator at NIH, Freddie established the time and leave office in the Nursing Department and served on the planning committee for the Ambulatory Care Research Facility. She was an active member of the DC Nurses Association.  She retired from NIH in 1984.

 

After two years of retirement, Freddie applied for a position as Night Supervisor at the new National Rehabilitation Hospital and in 1986 and was certified in Rehabilitation Nursing in 1991.  She was named “Manager of the Quarter” in the spring 1992.  Freddie was a well-respected professional who consistently demonstrated the qualities necessary to enhance nursing practices. 

After twelve years as night supervisor, Freddie finally retired from nursing in 1996.

 

Freddie and her siblings were brought up in Deanwood Baptist Church where Freddie was baptized at age 12.  A year later, the family joined Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.  Freddie was active in the Sunday School, Baptist Training Union and the Youth Choir. After her marriage, Freddie and her family joined St. George’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. in 1957. 

 

Freddie went about quietly serving at St. George’s in many ways, twice serving on the vestry, church school teacher, two terms as corresponding secretary for the women of the church and reading the lessons as a lector since 1978.

 

She became a member of the Altar Guild 1968 and in 1991 she was appointed by The Reverend Vincent P. Harris, Rector, to serve as the third director.  She provided leadership in writing the by-laws and the procedures for appropriately preparing the Altar for all occasions.  She combined the Flower Committee as part of the Altar Guild.  In 1981 Freddie became a devoted Daughter of the King, Elizabeth Chapter, and served as treasurer for twenty years. After her move to North Carolina, she became an at-large member and continues to be a Daughter.  For her service to St. George’s Church, Freddie was honored as Woman of the Year at St. Georges in the Spring of 2004.

 

Freddie loved God, her church, being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and traveling around the world.  Her travels took her to 26 countries, six continents, Alaska and Hawaii, but her favorite of all was Australia.

 

In June 2005, Freddie sold her house and moved to Greensboro, North Carolina.  Freddie had

 

visited the Church of the Redeemer since 1990 during her visits.  Freddie joined the Redeemer,

January 2006 when the Reverend Wheigar Bright was rector.  She was installed as Lay Eucharistic Minister, September 2006 and became leader of the Lay Eucharistic Ministry in January 2007 and a Lector, reading lessons assigned.  Dr. Alicia Alexis became rector in 2008 and appointed Freddie as leader of the Acolytes in 2011.

                 

Freddie called herself an early morning person, rising before the sun to read meditations, to walk three miles and return home just as the sun peaked over the horizon.

 

Left to celebrate her life her son, Anthony (Melvine), of Greensboro, her grandson, Jonathan (Whitney), her great-grand daughters, Jordan and Alexandria of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Also mourning is her sister, Bernice (Jim) Shook, her nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, close friends, and her Church Family.


A service honoring her life will be held Friday, June 15, 2018 at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer; 901 E Friendly Ave. Greensboro, NC.  The visitation will begin at 11 am and the service will follow a 12 pm.  The interment will take place following the service at Lakeview Memorial Park; 3600 N O'Henry Blvd. Greensboro, NC.

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  • Friday, June 08, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
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  • Thursday, June 14, 2018
    Anthony, Melvine, Jonathan and family, Please know that you are in my prayers during this time. May God bless and keep you always. Brenda, Martinique and Jason(Ann) and family
    ~ Brenda P Gilchrist   Greer, SC
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    We deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail. You can find out more online at JW.ORG
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