Margaret Freeman
(1924 - 2017)

Margaret Freeman

NC, United States of America
September 1924

December 2017

Thank you for coming to celebrate the life of Margaret Freeman, devoted mother, wife and Christian servant. At age 93, she had lived a long and devoted life of Love--- of family, of community, of church and of service to others. God called her home -n December 2017. She died, after a short illness. She now goes on to join her beloved husband of 59 years. Although we mourn her leaving us, we also celebrate and honor her life and legacy…

Born in Greenville, NC, Margaret Freeman was an only child, born to Janie Arnold and Eugene Forbes. While growing up, she often talked about how she loved school. She also joked about how her mother wanted her to be raised “prim and proper”. She and her little girlfriends enjoyed sitting around, creating new ways to pronounce long words. (One family joke was that we would refer to Decatur, [De-KAY-ter], GA--- as Deck-a-TOOR…!)

Margaret Freeman went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree at Winston-Salem Teacher’s College (now Winston-Salem State University). She met and married her husband, Price, and they were soon joined by daughter, Sharlon. In the early 1960’s, they moved to Philadelphia and were joined by their son, Victor. They bought a house in the Cobbs Creek area of West Philadelphia, where they would live for 50+ years. They became teachers in the Philadelphia Public School System, where they would serve well into their seventies. She was honored to have devoted her life to giving children educational opportunity. She spent decades, as a first-grade teacher, at George Washington Elementary School, in south Philadelphia. She and Price also joined Zion Baptist Church, where they immersed themselves in the church family’s rich spiritual life.

She left this world with no regrets and a lot of wonderful memories--- She took particular delight in the marriages of her children and the births of their children--- her grandchildren. As a teacher, she delighted in her son being the first family member to graduate from Harvard University. She loved her Cobbs Creek community, where she supported Price’s efforts to bring neighbors together, to support each other. Finally, she would want the world to know--- there is no place that she found more joy than with her Zion Sunday school class, social groups and her service, as a church deaconess…

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