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ABILENE, Texas –Freida Harrington Lane, a 1956 graduate of McMurry, has been chosen as the 2012 recipient of the McMurry University Cross & Flame Award representing the New Mexico Annual Conference. She will be recognized at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sunday services at Asbury United Methodist

Freida Harrington Lane
Church, 4001 E. University in Odessa, on September 30.

Established in 2000 by the McMurry Alumni Association, this award is given to strengthen the relationship between McMurry University and the United Methodist Church by recognizing individuals for service to their churches and to the University.

Freida was born and grew up on a farm in the Hollene community north of Clovis, New Mexico. Her parents, Russell and Grace Harrington, were dedicated United Methodists giving of their time, talents and resources. Freida graduated from Rosedale High School and attended Rosedale Methodist Church. Two brothers and a sister-in-law also attended McMurry University. Her first memory of McMurry is when her parents furnished a room in Gold Star Dormitory, which was completed in 1948.

From the time she enrolled in McMurry in the fall of 1952, she has been a promoter for McMurry. She graduated in 1957 with a B.S. degree in physical education. While attending McMurry, she was a member of the Deputation Team, Christian Foundation, Volunteers-Diakonia and belonged to the Physical Education Major and Minors Club (PEMM). Freida was also a member of Delta Beta Epsilon social club.

After graduation, she coached tennis and volleyball and taught P.E. in Wink, Texas. She met her future husband, Harold Lane, during her time in Wink. They have four sons and six grandchildren.

She has been an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church since September 3, 1965. She taught Junior High Sunday School for 23 years as well as served on many committees and has held many offices. She has also served as Asbury’s Lay Delegate to the New Mexico Annual Conference.

In 1954, while at McMurry, she was the youth delegate of the New Mexico Conference to the fourth Assembly of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was at this Assembly where her heart was touched for the mission work of the church. This led to her dedicated involvement in United Methodist Women. She was serving as President of the local unit in 1972 when the transition was made from Women’s Society of Christian Service to United Methodist Women. She has served on the district and conference levels of United Methodist Women, and is currently serving on the conference nominations committee.

As a devoted United Methodist Church member and an alumna of McMurry University, she continues to be an advocate for McMurry University, Sacramento Methodist Assembly, and Landsun Homes.