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Hazel Anne Farson Freeman, daughter of Harry and Una Connor Farson, was born December 2, 1923 in East Saint Louis, Illinois. She departed this life Friday, October 12, 2012 in Rocky Ridge Manor in Mansfield, Missouri, at the age of eighty-eight years, ten months, and ten days.
On May 11, 1941, she was united in marriage to Forrest N. "Spud" Freeman, and to this union two sons and one daughter were born.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of sixty-eight years, four brothers, and one sister.
Hazel is survived by two sons, Forrest N. "Butch" Freeman, Jr., and his wife, Bobbie of Choctaw, Oklahoma, and Jack F. Freeman, and his wife, Brenda of Marshfield, Missouri; a daughter, Colleen Stofer, and her husband, Golden of Macomb, Missouri; seven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
At an early age, Hazel moved from East Saint Louis, Illinois to Barnsdall, Oklahoma. Her freshman year of high school, she moved to the Macomb/Norwood, Missouri area, where she graduated in 1941 from Norwood High School.
Hazel was employed at MFA Supermarket, and later a long-time employee of Se-Ma-No Electric Cooperative. After retiring from Se-Ma-No, she worked as a tour guide at the Laura Ingalls Wilder home.
Hazel made a profession of faith at an early age and was a long-time member of Corinth Baptist Church in Macomb, Missouri, where she served as church treasurer for thirty-three years. She also taught Bible School and Sunday School for many years.
As an active member of both Norwood and Mansfield Eastern Star chapters, Hazel held many positions-including the state office of Grand Electa in 1995.
Everyone who knew Hazel recognized her by her infectious smile and beaming personality. She loved life and enjoyed being around people, no matter where she ventured. Hazel was always ready to travel any time she was able. A few of her destinations include Israel, Scotland, Alaska, and various other places in the United States.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2012, in Corinth Baptist Church, Macomb, Missouri, with Rev. Allen Pritchard officiating. Music will be by Neal and Beth Hamilton. Selections include "Joy Comes in the Morning," "The Family of God," and "In the Garden." Escorts are Doug Stofer, Forrest N. "Skip" Freeman, III, Joe Freeman, Jim Freeman, Jon Freeman, Wally Sowers, and Tommy Harris. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery. Eastern Star services will be at 6:00 p.m., Monday, with visitation to follow until 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
Services are under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Mansfield, Missouri
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Corinth Baptist Church or Eastern Star Chapters in Mansfield or Norwood.
Holman-Howe Mansfield - Mansfield
207 North Lincoln
Mansfield, MO 65704
Published in the News-Leader on Oct. 14, 2012