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Freda Carlin

Service Date: October 19, 2019
Visitation Info: Linnemann Funeral Homes Burlington
Interment Info: Linnemann Funeral Home Crematory
Service Info: Linnemann Funeral Homes Burlington
Service Info

Freda S Carlin of Union, KY, died unexpectedly at her home on October 8, 2019.  Always ready with a helping hand, Freda loved bringing people together for fellowship.  She was an eternal caregiver who loved her husband and children dearly.  She is survived by her beloved Robert, her spouse of 53 years, and her children Shannon Carlin, Shane Carlin (Annie Sit), and Miguel Carlin, as well as her brothers-in-law Ron Carlin (Sharon) and David Carlin (Fran) and nieces and nephew.  Freda was predeceased by her son-in-law Marty Thatcher (Shannon), by her parents Katherine & Charles Sparks, and by her parents-in-law Earl & Ruth Carlin.

Freda was a graduate of Holmes High School, Class of 1961, and retired from Procter & Gamble after a 39-year career. In retirement, she continued to live her faith through volunteer commitments.  These include:

  • Elder, Deacon, and member, Community of Faith Presbyterian Church
  • Boone County 4-H Council officer
  • Boone County Extension Council member and past officer of the district board
  • Boone County Extension Homemakers Council member
  • Friends of Boone County Arboretum
  • St Elizabeth Hospital Edgewood Volunteer
  • Patient advocate
  • Past CASA Board member
  • Past Success By 6 Board member

Her own legacy of giving, eschewing the spotlight but rolling up her sleeves to make a difference, was honored with a named award at the University of Kentucky.  The Robert and Freda Carlin “Unsung Hero” Award recognizes students and staff who are involved quietly but have a substantial impact on their organization(s), contributing to positive change.  This award was established by their son Shane and presented annually since 2007.

On Saturday, October 19, the family will receive family and friends beginning at 9:30am with a Memorial Service celebrating the life of Freda Carlin to follow at 12:30pm. Both will be held at Linnemann Funeral Home, 1940 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005.

The family has requested no flowers, but instead to continue Freda’s mission of selflessness by donating to the following: The Robert and Freda Carlin “Unsung Hero” Award (UK), University of Kentucky, 210 Malabu Dr, Lexington, KY 40502; Boone County 4-H Council, PO Box 876, Burlington, KY 41005; Friends of Boone County Arboretum, 9190 Camp Ernst Rd, Union, KY 41091. Additionally, if attending the service, please help continue Freda’s annual coat drive by donating a child’s or adult’s coat which will be distributed to schools within Boone County. Online Condolences to:

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Linnemann Funeral Homes Burlington

1940 Burlington Pike
12:30 pm

Linnemann Funeral Homes Burlington

1940 Burlington Pike

Linnemann Funeral Home Crematory

Address: 30 Commonwealth Avenue Erlanger, KY - Kentucky 41018
1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Linnemann Funeral Homes Burlington

1940 Burlington Pike

Such a welcoming, caring person

Freda was so welcoming and supportive when I joined P&G as a not yet 21-year old Brand Assistant in 1982. She was also a positive and caring role-model , and was somebody I could talk with openly and honestly. She was a true friend. My condolences to her family.

With deepest sympathy

No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. Remembering your Mother`s wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in your hearts. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.

With deepest sympathy,
Jorida Vakiari


We are sorry to learn of Freda’s passing. She served our community in so many ways. Her vibrant personality lit up any room she entered. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, Bob and family.

Pat and Patty Raverty

Sending Love

Shane, Miguel, and family – We’re so sorry to hear of this news. I know your mother’s giving spirit and warmth lives on in each of you. We’re sending love and peace during this hard time.
Amanda Mills Cutright and family

Our deepest sympathies

Goody and I were so sorry to hear of Freda’s untimely passing. We are also sorry that we could not be there in person today to let you know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Toby and Goody Kenney

For Bob and the family

We are deeply saddened by Freda’s untimely passing. She will be sorely missed and we can’t imagine how you’ll ever do another class reunion!! She was truly a great friend! Gayle and Jerry Abbott


Bob, we are so sorry for your family. Freda will be greatly missed. Tom Hall & Anne Hewling

Compassionate, Involved Church Leader and Friend

Freda was a compassionate, involved church leader at Community of Faith Presbyterian Church. She preferred the “hands-on” role of a deacon, but served equally well as an elder on our session. She never did anything “half-way.” She will be missed at church, but more than that. Becky and I will miss her as a friend.

Kind and Thoughtful

Freda was extremely kind and thoughtful to me and my daughter after the passing of my wife, and continued to show her concern when I last saw her recently. She was able to find a new home for my wife’s extensive craft supplies through her church, which was meaningful for us. A very engaged, caring person.

Beautiful Soul

So sorry for you loss. She was a one of a kind woman who spoke her mind and was always busy doing good for others in the community. Don’t think I ever saw her without her knitting needles. May you find the peace you need in her passing so that she may find her peace in passing. Know that all is well with her soul in Gods hands.

Friend of mine

I will miss you my friend and our talks. I will miss how you listened when I needed to talk. I will miss your advice and knowledge that you shared with me. You will not be forgotten.

Wonderful Community Member

Such a giving member of our community. Always providing for others. Those of us at Conner High School truly appreciate all she did for our students out o the goodness of her heart. She will be missed.

Sweet and Caring Neighbor

We cannot express how much we will miss Freda. Our neighborhood will truly never to be same, Heaven truly gained the sweetest angel and I can only imagine what special function she is organizing right now. Bob, Shannon, Shane , Miguel and the Carlin family please know you are in our deepest prayers.

Dave and Sherri Thomas

She was one terrific woman

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Freda. She was such a kind person. Most generous, caring, and giving. May she Rest In Peace. God bless.