Freda was born on June 26, 1918 at Fort Scott, Kan., to Clarence A. and Manilla F. (Elbrader) Shorten.
She was raised and graduated from high school in Fort Scott and was one of the few remaining from the Class of 1936.
She attended Secretary School for a year.
She worked after school for the State of Kansas Division of Employment.
Freda met Darrell Kiger and fell in love and they were united in marriage on Feb. 22, 1941 in Little Rock, Ark. To this union was born a son Michael G. Kiger of Tucson, Ariz., and a daughter, Phyllis J. Fryer of Gering, Neb.
After WWII and Darrell's graduation from Veterinarian School from Kansas State University, the nomadic family lived and traveled throughout various states and ultimately retired in Gering.
After her husband's death, Freda maintained her Gering home for family and friends.
She enjoyed many happy hours with her several bridge groups.
She is survived by her son Mike and wife Mary Lou; daughter Phyllis Fryer and husband Robert; grandson John Fryer of Gering; granddaughter Wynne Phillips of Lakewood, Colo., and several nephews, nieces and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, and a sister.
Local graveside services will be conducted by Rev. Janet Meyers at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 at the Fort Scott National Cemetery.
A visitation will be held at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m., prior to services.
Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or to Lions Eye Bank, and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701.