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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