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Shirley C. Freeman

 

Shirley C. Freeman, 91, formerly of Cedarview Road Ipswich and wife of the late Richard W. Freeman, died Friday, December 3, 2021, at Essex Park Nursing Home in Beverly.  Born in Quincy on December 26, 1929, Shirley was the daughter of the late Hugo and Velma (Djerf) Savola. Shirley was raised in Weymouth, a 1947 graduate of the Weymouth High School.  Mrs. Freeman was an artist and teacher.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.  She became an Art Supervisor in public schools.  Her first position was in Newburyport, MA.  She also taught in Farmington, CT, and Weymouth, MA, her hometown.  She later was a teacher for 14 years at the Ascension Nursery School in Ipswich. 

Mrs. Freeman enjoyed painting, and her work is mainly in private collections.  She was a founding member of the Town and Country Garden Club of Ipswich.  She skied with friends and family in winter and played golf and tennis in summer.  She was a member of the Manchester Athletic Club where she played on the tennis teams.  Mr. and Mrs. Freeman enjoyed playing golf at the Cape Ann Golf Club in Essex.

Among other interests, she enjoyed volunteering at Castle Hill in Ipswich as a tour guide.  While serving on the Sports Committee at Ipswich High School, she volunteered to coach tennis when they had no program at the time.  Shirley and her husband traveled extensively when he retired.  As a long-time member of First Church in Ipswich, Mrs. Freeman taught Sunday School and served on various committees during the 50+ years she was a member.  She served on the Diaconate for several years and was honored as Deaconess Emiratis.

Richard and Shirley built their home in Ipswich in 1958.  They had three sons:  Scott (wife Lynne), and twins Dana (wife Michele) and Glen.  Shirley leaves these sons, their wives, and seven grandchildren:  Scott, Kara, Kyle, Paige, Nina, Thomas, and Kevin.  She also leaves her beloved nieces Sandra, Kristen, Ann, Lisa, and Paula, and Sandra Ray, a loving and caring friend.

The family plans a private service to celebrate Shirley’s life.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.  Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the First Church in Ipswich, 1 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich, MA 01938.

 

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