Barbara June (Pollard) Freeman
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Our sweet mother passed away peacefully on September 26th, 2012. The daughter of Clark and Blanche Pollard, Barbara was born in Seattle on October 15th, 1930. A devoted wife and mother, Barbara found her greatest happiness surrounded by her family. She met the love of her life while they both attended Broadway High School in Seattle. They were married on June 2nd, 1949 and moved to Shoreline to raise their family.
Barbara was active for many years in Shoreline PTA and worked a variety of jobs for the district. She thrived on creativity in sewing, knitting, painting and gourmet cooking. Her three daughters were often the envy of classmates when they showed up at school wearing the latest fashions that she had sewn or knitted. It was a passion of hers to spot an outfit and figure out how to recreate it with her special flair. Barbara later took up painting and was always an innovative cook, serving her young family international cuisine long before ethnic food appeared on every corner.
A life long Democrat, Barbara never shied away from a friendly discussion about politics and, of course, she was always right. Barbara and Dick often vacationed in Hawaii and, for many years, enjoyed weekends at their summer cabin.
Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved husband Dick Freeman, her brother Bill Pollard and son-in-law Greg Slaughter. She is survived by her daughters Kathy Brandt (Jim), Annette Freeman (Tom Downer) and Elizabeth Slaughter. Also by her granddaughter Sarah Brandt-Henson (Dave), grandson Nick Brandt, granddaughters Genevieve and Christina Henson and her cat Lani.
Barbara lives in our hearts and will be forever missed. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday November 3 at 2:00pm. All who knew her or her family are welcome. For more information, contact Elizabeth Slaughter 206-445-5371 or Kathy Brandt 425-351-3775.
Published in The Seattle Times on October 21, 2012