Wendy L. Frey

Wendy L. Frey , 60 years old of Weymouth passed away on June 2, 2020. She was the beloved daughter of the late Judith (Tanner) Frey and the late Joseph Frey. She was born and raised in Melrose and grew up with two sisters and two brothers. Despite her challenges from a birth injury she was able to participate in all family activities. She would even play kickball with her siblings, kicking the ball with her crutches and running around the bases as fast as any other kid. She attended Melrose High School and loved art classes, especially pottery.

After graduating from high school, Wendy moved to Boston. She met many people who also had disabilities who she could relate to. She loved hanging out in the lounge in her building and played cards, watched movies and socialized with other residents. She loved to run errands for anyone in the building and would help out in any way she could. Another spot you could catch Wendy was at Dunkin Donuts on Huntington Ave. Just about everybody knew her name. Cheers! Anyone who lived around Mass Ave and St. Botolph would always see Wendy zoom by in her wheelchair. If she wasn’t zooming by it was because she had her three children with her. At times, one on the back of the wheelchair, one on her shoulders and one in her lap.

Wendy was up to any challenge and would show anyone doubting her that she could get the job done. Some of her earlier years in Boston were spent organizing and advocating equality for people with disabilities. Her greatest accomplishment was her three children. She was so proud of them and happy to show them off.

Wendy was a folk hero in a sense. She showed no matter the struggle, no matter the obstacle, you must look at it as a speed bump and hit it at 60 miles per hour. She taught us that life is hard and harder to enjoy if you don’t find things to love. So she loved her friends, her pets and life itself. But most of all she loved her children and they were the fuel that kept her going. She taught us to be resilient and never to stay down when we fall. She also taught us to be resourceful even if it was not conventional. And to be empathetic, compassionate and to speak up for others. Most importantly she taught us to be great parents to our children. Some of our best memories are from the simplest moments we shared. Wendy was fierce, kind and compassionate, funny, loving, friendly, strong and truly one of a kind. She will be missed by many.

Wendy is survived by her children, Kristin Hollis and her husband Aaron, Timothy and his wife LaShanta and Judy and her partner Derek. Her grandchildren Charles, Christopher, Antonio, Kyleena, Dae’Jhawn, Aaron, Jaxen, Khalil, Athena, Memori, and a grandson on the way, Hendrix. She is also survived by her siblings Joseph and his wife Pam, Cheryl and her husband Paul, Laurie and her husband Gary, Kenneth, Kristen, David, Billy and Scott (predeceased) She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

A Private Service will be held in Boston Cremation, 287 Main St. Malden, MA on Thursday, June 11, 2020 followed by a graveside service in the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody, MA.


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11 Condolences

  1. Jessica Jack on June 6, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Whomever wrote this piece did a great job. I didn’t know her unfortunately but I can get a sense of the person she was through their words.

  2. Stephanie Jean Bernard on June 6, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    So sorry for this loss. She sounded like a pretty amazing person! I didn’t know her personally, but I know her niece and her sister..
    I’ll be praying for all of you during this time of grieving

  3. Debbie Pozantides on June 6, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    My sincere condolences, from your cousin Debbie(Dolan) Pozantides

  4. Dennis Heaphy on June 7, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Reading the obituary made me smile. Wendy was a good mom, a strong advocate for disability rights and a pain in the ass! She had an indomitable spirit that lives on and her three children. I am grateful to have had her call me her friend.

    She’s going to be missed by so many people in the disability community as well as her neighbors at 333 and 334 Massachusetts Ave.

    Wendy, rest in God’s arms.

  5. Jannelle Lestrade on June 7, 2020 at 3:13 am

    So sorry for your loss Kristen may your soul Rip from Shaine Jannelle Avlen Adele and Addison big hugs stay strong

  6. Latoya L Boman on June 7, 2020 at 3:43 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you always. I am very saddened by this loss you and your family are experiencing. Please cherish the good times and the wonderful memories you have of your mother. God bless you ❤

  7. Danica Wood on June 7, 2020 at 4:43 am

    My condolences. Sending all the prayers, hugs and the strength for healing, to you and your family.

  8. Albert Pugh on June 7, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Our condolences from the Pugh family we where always welcomed inyour home and treated like 1 of your kids, we are gonna miss you!!!

  9. Debbie Deloatch on June 7, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    my condolences to you and your family I love you very much-I will miss Wendy very dearly I consider her a friend my prayers again I love y’all all take care

  10. Hope and Mike Freeman Connor on June 8, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Although I didn’t know your mom. I know that she had some of the most incredible children. And that speaks volumes for and about her. God bless you and family.

  11. Mary Glover on June 8, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    I still remember the day in 1980 when I met Wendy and my heart is full of so many memories. I loved her for her tenacious spirit and unwavering determination to live life to the fullest and on her terms.
    My condolences to her family and friends. May her memory be a blessing.
    Rest In Peace, Wendy.

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