Fredda was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible. She has had several professional incarnations through the years, her first career in the health club business. “For seven years I established health clubs in various Texas towns, building each membership to several hundred people before selling and beginning again in another town. It was fun, and I met absolutely wonderful people!”
After a family tragedy caused her to change the course of her life, Fredda became an accidental teacher. “Don Edwards called to ask me if I would come in for a day and I ended up staying for years! I can never tell you what a blessing those young people were to my life, even the ones who wanted to shoot me!” Other career moves include writing, working with artists in the music business, and what she calls horse trading. “One of my friends and I were selling our items on Ebay back when it was a fledgling company and people would buy absolutely anything. That was fun!”
Today Fredda lives with husband Rickey in Comanche, Texas and they are parents to two grown children and five grandchildren. She gives the credit to Rickey for being the stable one in the family. “Ric’s always had the real job in the family, letting me do the fun things while he supports me! If I could leave people with one thought for their future, it would come straight from Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘Don’t go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’”
This school of thought was certainly in the room when Stacy and Fredda teamed up to create a community website designed to market and promote small Texas towns who often have so much more to offer than the general public realizes. Their idea came to fruition in the form of Texansunited.com.