Mae Gertrude Edmonds Freeman, 94 , of Hillsborough, NC died at home after several years of declining health, surrounded by family on May 27, 2019.
Gertrude is survived by two daughters, Nancy Arellano (Hillsborough) and Barbara Hutcherson (Jack) (Hillsborough); three grandchildren, Terry Arellano (Raleigh, NC), Ryan Hutcherson (Hillary) (Denver, CO), and Rebecca Greenstein (Josh) (Durham, NC); and two great-grandchildren, Henry and Brooks Hutcherson. Also surviving are two brothers, Bill Edmonds (Wilson, NC) and John Edmonds (Florida), and two sisters, Mary Briles (Spartanburg, SC) and Linda Taylor (South Carolina).
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Calvin Freeman, her parents, Sherman and Narvellia Edmonds, brother, Charlie Edmonds, and four sisters, Hazel King, Jean Ray, Addie Lambe and Ruth Haith.
Gertrude was born August 18, 1924 in Stokes County, NC. She moved to Orange County in childhood with her family to raise tobacco. She married Calvin Freeman in 1944 and settled in the Orange Grove community where she lived the remainder of her life. Gertrude worked at several public jobs during her life, but her greatest love was working in her flower gardens. She was the happiest when she was outside with dirt under her fingernails.
A funeral is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Cane Creek Baptist Church, 6901 Orange Grove Road, Hillsborough, NC. Visitation will be from 10-10:45 AM in the church sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cane Creek Baptist Church in her memory.
Walker's Funeral Home of Chapel Hill has been entrusted to care for the Freeman family.
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