Freda M. Grim, 83, homemaker, volunteer and baker

June 20, 2006

Freda M. Grim, a homemaker and volunteer, died of cancer June 10 at her Ten Hills home. She was 82.

Freda Speer Malpass was born in Baltimore and raised on Auchentoroly Terrace. She attended Western High School and was a telephone operator during World War II.

While attending Babcock Memorial Church and singing in its choir, she met organist Charles Louis Grim. They married in 1947.

He later played at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, where Mrs. Grim also sang and was a member of the Ladies' Guild.

Family members said she was an accomplished baker and made raisin bread, fruitcake and 20 varieties of Christmas cookies, in addition to sour beef and dumplings. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and collecting antiques.

Mrs. Grim held a real estate sales license in the 1960s and sold Ten Hills properties with Robert L. McCoy real estate.

She was a Travelers Aid desk volunteer at the former Friendship Airport and helped visitors with her detailed knowledge of Baltimore.

"She loved meeting people and treated none like a stranger," said her daughter-in-law, Janice W. Grim of Catonsville.

Mrs. Grim also volunteered at the Maryland Historical Society's gift shop and at Evergreen House in North Baltimore. She was a past president of the Ten Hills Garden Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 8 at St. Bartholomew's, 4711 Edmondson Ave.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three sons, Richard Delmon Grim of Catonsville and Phillip Arthur Grim and Karl Frederick Grim, both of Baltimore; a brother, William Malpass of Catonsville; two granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

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