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6836. Freda Juanita Morton2283 was born on 8 Nov 1922 in Webb City, Jasper Co., MO.2283 She died on 17 Aug 1978 in Riverside, California.2283

From Dawn Beviano:
Went by the name "NITA"
No children; divorced/cannot locate records of marriage
buried Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village, CA
Applied for Social Sercurity card in Los Angeles CA 1940
Birthdate, place, and parentage confirmed by Social Sercurity App.
Copy of death Cert. Confirms birth, date of death, burial and parentage

18 August 1978 The Desert Sun: Woman killed at barricade in roadway

Desert Hot Springs -- A 56 year old woman who left her car to examine a barricade of rocks, mailboxes and boards at the intersection of DillonRoad and Avenida Manzana, was killed Thursday night when she was struck by another car approaching the dark and deserted intersection. According to Deputy Coroner Pat Choate, who arrived at the accident shortly after it was reported at 10:45 P.M. Freda Juanita Morton of Hot Springs Road was pinned between the two cars as she was returning from the pile of debris placed in her path. "No car could pass through without hitting something. The rocks were high enough to tear out the bottom of any car," Choate said. He said he saw pieces of pipe, several mailboxes and wooden planks "spaced deliberately" across the road justeast of the intersection as he walked over to the woman's car.
A California Highway spokesman said he believed the obstacle course was the prank of "mischevious young boys". According to the CHP, Arthur V. Walters, 81 of 17-401 johnson St., Desert hot Springs, failed to see the victim walking on the roadway until she was hit. Ms. Morton had been a licensed vocational nurse at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs since June, 1976. She worked evenings in a medical surgicalunit.

21 August 1978 The Desert Sun: Manslaughter suspect held

Desert Hot Springs -- One person has been arrested in connection with the death of a nurse who was killed at a "barricade" on dillon Road Thursday night. A sheriff's deputy followed the footprints of a suspect who allegedly set up the barricade of debris leading to the fatal accident on a dark and lonely section of Dillon Road. Wayne Earl Hinkel, 18, of 67-231 Kann Rd, was located in a rural area known as Woods Ranch and booked for manslaughter in relation to the death of Freda Juanita Morton, 56, of Desert Hot Springs. Ms. Morton was killed when she left her car to view a tangled array of mailboxes, rocks and pipes which created a traffic obstacle at the intersection at Avenida Manzana. As Ms. Morton returned to her car, she was hit by another vechicle driven by another hot Springsresident, Arthur V. Walters, according to California Highway Patrol. Hinkel was booked at 1:30 P.M. Saturday after Deputy Charles Garrell traced the footprints to the house where it is believed Hinkel lives with friends. Once at the house, Gerrell requested those present to remove their shoes. After matching the tracks with the shoes the arrest was made according to a sheriff's department spokesman, who said it was believed that Hinkel was to be formerly charged today.