Ellen Evey Frerotte, 70, exited this life on Thursday, July 15, 2021, after a year-long illness.
Born Ellen Ann Evey in Williamsport, PA in 1951, daughter of Sheldon Wade Evey and Alice Edwards Evey; she was always a quiet, creative, and humble spirit. High School friends described her as the “real deal”, never needing to hold court or “toot” her own horn. Her positive impact on others has been felt across borders and widely here at home.
Ms. Frerotte had several careers, initially as a dental technician, then as a picture framer, a potter, and then at forty, she returned to college to get her teaching degree. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morehead State University and went on to teach in Minnesota, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She was one of the first certified ESL teachers in the field. During her career, she taught in prisons, middle and high schools, most recently at Davis Stuart School, and at the Eastern Greenbrier Middle School. While in North Carolina, she received her Masters degree from Western Carolina University in Multicultural Studies.
Surviving Ms. Frerotte are her husband of 42 years, James Frerotte of Alderson, WV; her sister, Nancy Jane Evey of Las Cruces NM; her sons, Noel and Gessler; their wives, Jessica and Lisa; nine grandchildren; and many loving friends and neighbors.
Evey’s hobbies included gardening, soap making, canning, sewing, knitting, beekeeping, wine making, and reading. She won ribbons At the WV State Fair for her wine and honey. For years, she also sold her goods at the Alderson Community Market and served on the board of the Alderson Hospitality House. Evey felt very blessed to be a member of this West Virginia community.
“Evey”, to friends and family in West Virginia, was well traveled, having lived in, besides Williamsport, Lancaster, PA; Fairfax, VA; Clearfield, PA; Tracy, CA; Crookston MN; and Asheville, NC, before moving to Alderson, WV in 2010.
Joining the society of Friend in Asheville, she fully exemplified Quaker virtues as a caring and thoughtful Friend. She is remembered there for her generous work with those most in need.
Evey request will be honored by being cremated.
Rather than flowers, it was Evey’s request that donations in her honor be made to The Alderson Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 647, Alderson, WV 24910; Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard W., Charleston, WV 25387; and the Friends of Feral Cats and Kittens, 848 Mount Zion Road, Alderson, WV 24910.
Online condolences may be made at Lantzfuneralhome.com.
Lantz Funeral Home in Alderson is in charge of arrangements.