Frederica C. Southworth

Frederica Crawley Southworth, 76 of Redding, died Nov. 5 at Danbury Hospital after battling cancer. She was the wife of Mason P. Southworth.

Born October 6, 1935 in Elmira, New York to the late John H. and Jacqueline Beals Crawley, Frederica (also known as Freddie) grew up in Connecticut and graduated from William H. Hall High School in West Hartford. There she played the bass drum in the school marching band and earned spending money playing the latest sheet music hits on the piano at a local music store.

Freddie met her husband while both worked at the American Radio Relay League in West Hartford and the couple married in 1958, recently marking 53 years of marriage.  

Since moving to Redding 46 years ago, Freddie served her town as member and chairman of the Redding Board of Education. She was an active member of the League of Women voters and a hard-working volunteer in the successful effort to purchase a portion of the late Edward Steichen’s property to protect it from development and create Topstone Park.  Freddie also gave her time and energy to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield, running the parish library and providing meals and rides to senior citizens. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Pamela A. Southworth, and son-in-law, David H. Elkinson, of Half Moon Bay, CA.  

A private graveside service and burial will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.

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