A room full of butterflies
I believe I had to call her back about five times to make sure I got the facts straight, and the jury's probably still out on that one. But she is an interesting woman and a passionate one and I enjoyed our time together.
Freda Brittain’s cup runneth over. In fact, it is positively spilling with some of Double Oak’s most interesting stories. There’s the one about how her in-laws, Bill and Nettie Brittain, held fish fries and bake sales and cake walks at Durwood Cordell’s cabinet shop to raise funds for the town.
Or the one about her in-laws getting folks to sign a petition to incorporate Double Oak way back in the early 70’s. And if your prod her, she’ll tell you about how she met her husband. Truth be told, she liked the way he danced.
But mostly, Freda wants to tell you about her passions—Double Oak, the town her husband’s family founded, the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department, and the Shriner’s, which is the organization she devotes so much of her time and energy to.
You’ll see Freda at town council meetings—she’s the one knitting quietly in the front row so that she can hear every word. That’s the only way you learn what’s going on, she said.
How else can the woman whose history is so intertwined with Double Oak learn about the town’s future? You see, the 71-year-old Dallas native married into the family that owned thirteen acres of Double Oak before it incorporated in 1974. “My mother-in-law used to say, Freda, we can say what we want to one another, but no one else can ‘cause the whole clan will be after them,” said Freda.
Freda and her husband Jim moved into her in-laws’ property on Kings Road after they inherited it four years ago. “I fought it. I said, that house? It only has one bathroom!” But after some additions and renovations to the house, which sits on a four-acre lot, “the rest,” she said, “is history.”
You might have seen Freda and a friend or two on her morning walks in Taylor Oaks, and even if you haven’t, keep your speed in check because she’s not only trying to stay fit, she’s trying to collect aluminum cans.Her goal, she said, is “three-fold—I keep the street clean and I help out the fire department, and I help out the burn hospital. The first year I made $129. Last year I made $344.
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