Ruth (Mae) Freda, 85, wife of Giovanni (John) Freda, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at her home in Lexington. Born Dec. 3, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Nettie and Edward Beasley. Mae and John retired from the restaurant (Cave in Frankfort, Executive House and Mama Mia Pizza) business in 1994. In addition to her husband, she is survived by eight children, Diana Gregory (Wayne), Georgetown, Pat Paxton (Kent), Napa Valley, Calif., James L. Briscoe (Reka), Salvisa, Terry Briscoe (Patsy), Lawrenceburg, Gary Briscoe (Sherry), Lawrenceburg, Kay Young, Lexington, Italia Winburn, Lexington, and Adele Flanery (Steve), Lexington; 29 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A son, Steven Briscoe, is deceased. Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer`s Association, 6100 Dutchman`s Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205.