DOREEN SHEILA (BROWN) FREEMAN

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DOREEN SHEILA (BROWN) FREEMAN - HONOLULU, HAWAII - Doreen Sheila (Brown) Freeman was born on Feb. 28, 1923, in Liverpool, England. She subsequently lived in Ohio, until 1933, when she and her parents and her brother, Freddie, returned to England. Doreen attended a convent in London, followed by boarding schools in Cheshire and Sussex. After a short stint as a flight attendant with an emerging new airline, at the age of 18, Doreen became a journalist and reporter for the London paper, "The Daily Sketch." During World War II, she served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), where she served for three years. In late 1947, Doreen met Houghton "Buck" Freeman and they were married shortly thereafter, on April 21, 1948, at the Savoy Chapel in London. They left the next day for Shanghai, China, where their first child, Linda, was born in September 1949. Evacuated two weeks later, the family moved to Japan, which they called their home for 21 years. It was during that time that their son, Graeme, was born in 1955. Doreen and Buck moved to New York City where they lived from 1970 to 1990, and after an additional two years in Japan, they retired to Stowe, where they established the Freeman Foundation in 1993. The Honolulu, Hawaii, office opened in 2000. Doreen served as a trustee and was actively involved with the Foundation until her death on July 12, 2013. Doreen leaves behind her daughter, Linda and son-in-law, Don Post, grandchildren, Tyler and wife, Stacie, Alexi, and Graham, all of Stowe; son, Graeme and wife, Nancy Freeman, grandsons, Alec and Colin, of Honolulu, Hawaii; and two step-grandsons, David and Scott DeCristo. She also leaves her brother, Frederick Brown and wife, Sandra, godson/nephew, Toby Brown, step-nephew, Sebastian Brown, of England; and nephew, Kelvin Carlyle of Bali. After 62 years of marriage, her husband, Buck, predeceased her in 2010. A private family service will be held in Vermont at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be made to either the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Rd., Honolulu, HI 96816; or Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County, 24 Upper Main St., Morrisville, VT 05661.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 23, 2013
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