TRAVERSE CITY — Maxine “Cleo” Barnes-Frey, 92, of Traverse City, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Cherryhill Haven III. She was born to the late Charles N. Barnes, of Ohio, and Vivian (Humphrey) Barnes, of Michigan, on April 17, 1921, at Deaconess Hospital in Detroit.
Maxine graduated from Detroit’s Southwestern High School in 1939.
Maxine married the late Robert Elrod in 1941. They lived together in Grosse Pointe before relocating to Alden in 1984.
During the war Maxine worked at the U.S. Rubber Company. After raising two children she managed several retail clothing stores. Her favorite store that she worked at was in downtown Rochester, operated by her son-in-law, Jere, and Patti, her daughter. She loved picking out wardrobes for the male customers and being in and around the water.
Most of all she truly loved her family.
On Oct. 9, 1988, she married the late Richard W. Frey.
Maxine was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Traverse City.
For the past year she enjoyed living at Cherryhill Haven in Traverse City.
Surviving Maxine are her daughter, Patti (Jere Hodges) Elrod-Hodges, of Chesterfield; son-in-law, Paul von Allmen; her sister, Sharron (Bob Rusky) Barnes-Claire, of Ohio; grandchildren, Kelly (Mason) Cudnohufsky, Todd Cudnohufsky, Patrick Mason, Christian (Laura) von Allmen, Taylor (fiancé, Michael Lockwood) von Allmen, Amy Hodges, Danna Hodges, Brad Hodges and Jason Hodges; 11 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Robert W. Frey, of Classen, William R. (Candace) Frey, of Virginia, Va., Thomas R. (Sharon Char-Frey) Frey, of Bellaire, Joan Hope (Ernest Long) Frey-Long, of Prudenville, and Elizabeth (James Mix) Frey-Mix, of Oxford; 13 step grandchildren; and 18 step great-grandchildren.
Maxine was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Elrod and Richard Frey; and daughter, Cheri Elrod-Mason.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 1 p.m., with a visitation held one hour prior, at the Presbyterian Church in Traverse City.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be sent to Hospice of Michigan.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your thoughts and memories with the family.
The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.