EARL-Ms. Mary Ruth "Mickey" Freeman, 82, of Johnson Street, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Wendover Hospice.
Born in Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas L. and Catherine McSwain Moss.
Ms. Freeman was a loving mother and grandmother and a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She was a 1950 graduate of No. 3 School and attended Gardner-Webb College. She enjoyed caring for others and dedicated her life to nursing, which she did for more than 55 years. She retired from White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain and worked for various hospitals, including Cleveland Regional Medical Center and Kings Mountain Hospital. Her example in life was taking care of others before herself. In her free time, she enjoyed reading and playing with her grandson.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by three sisters, Elva Blanton, Hilda Webster, Jackie Hendrick; and two brothers, Thomas Moss and Leland "Cotton" Moss.
Ms Freeman is survived by her son, Terry Freeman and wife Judith of Earl; two brothers, James "Poozy" Moss of Shelby, and Marcus "Dem" Moss of Cherryville; two sisters-in-law, Mae Moss of Shelby, Laladge Moss of Earl; numerous nieces and nephews; and her pride and joy, grandson, Gage Freeman.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory
Burial: New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, following the service
Funeral Home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to Levine Children's Hospital, 1221 East Moorhead Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28204; or to the
A guest registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com