Date of Death: May 14, 2021

Service Details

Visitation will be held Monday, May 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Bill Rose officiating. Interment will be in Nottawa Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Kathy Regina Freeby, 66, of Three Rivers, went to be with the Lord Jesus on May 14, 2021 after a nine-month-long battle with cancer.

She was born November 25, 1954 in Oneonta, Alabama to Euel and Robbie (McCay) Faile, who preceded her in death. Her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Elmer McCay and Mr. & Mrs. Carl Faile of Alabama, also preceded her in death.

Kathy leaves behind her husband of 31 years, Michael Freeby; three siblings, Debbie Faile (Randy Blasius), Tina (Jeff) DeBree and Dwight Faile; a daughter, Rachel Gambrel; grandson, Kaleb Boyles; granddaughter, Nevaeh Johnson; mother-in-law, Beverly “Jean” Freeby; sister-in-law, Karly Kegerreis; brother-in-law, Chuck (Diane) Freeby; three aunts; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kathy enjoyed motorcycling, spending time with her grandchildren and friends, time by her pool, and her flowers.

She owned Signature Nails until she retired to spend time with her grandson.

Kathy started spending winters in California in 2012 and continued after her husband retired until she was diagnosed with cancer in August 2020.

Additional Information

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Envelopes are available at the funeral home in care of her arrangements.

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  1. Kat was my friend, my sister by another mother. She will be missed so very much. Hugs to all that loved her Fly high my beautiful friend may your wings take you to heaven and may they wrap around us all when we are missing you .

  2. I haven’t seen Kathy in years. We both worked together in the 90s. She was always upbeat and happy. Looking for a friends Obit and saw her name and remembered her. My thoughts go out to the family. She was such a great person.

  3. My beautiful sweet cousin who had a laugh that made everyone laugh. Your BAMA family loves you and will miss you forever. Fly high and I will look forward to hearing that laugh again some day. I love you.

  4. Kathy Regina Freeby I speak your name. Amazing woman, mother, wife, daughter, friend. See you on the other side. Love you sweet lady. Michael my heart breaks for you. I’am so sorry for your pain. Call anytime. Love you ❤️🙏

  5. I just heard about Kathy’s passing, and am so sorry to hear this. I will always remember Kathy’s spunk and her laugh. She was a sister to me for a while and I loved her. Rachel….I am SO SORRY that you are going through this! If there is anything I can do, please let me know. Aunt Karen (Birmingham, AL)

  6. To Mike and the entire Family and close Friends of Kathy. Nory and I send our sincere and heartfelt condolences and deepest prayers of comfort at this sorrowful time. May God and His Angels of Protection and
    Comfort continue to watch over all of you for Eternity.

  7. I’m so sorry for the family she was an awesome person. She was always there for Rachel and I when we were young. Kathy would do our nails and talk to us about our boy problems and how to shave our legs the right way without cutting our knees. She always listened and cared no matter how major or minor the issue. She would say Erica watch out for Rachel and take care of her. Unfortunately we grew up and grew apart. Rachel I’m so sorry for your loss if you need anything let me know, love you always.

  8. Kathy use to do my nails. She always told me your nails are jewels not tools. I miss those days. We would have a few drinks waiting for Michael to come home and watch the dog trying to open the kitchen door. We laughed so hard. RIP my friend you will be missef. So sorry for everyone’s loss and prayers for all.

    • Michael, my heart is crushed! Kat was one of my very bestest friend! My memories of her will last forever! We shared so much together! Laughter, tears, kids,, she was my partner in crime!!! I’ll never forget her! She will always be in my heart!! Kat, May you rest in Heavenly peace! Love you forever and always!! Angie

      • Angie Kathy loved you and your family alot! Kathy told me you were more then just a friend, you were her alongside her her sister always. No matter what! I can say still today Kathy still fills the same way. I thank you sister Angie along side Kathy hugs always! Debbie Faile

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