Beatrice Freeman

Beatrice H. Schilling Freeman, 94, of Jefferson, formerly of Boxholm, died Nov. 16 at the Greene County Medical Center.

Beatrice Harvey Schilling was born on Jan. 18, 1925, south of Cooper, daughter of Dewey A. Schilling and Grace I. (Harvey) Schilling. 

She attended Cooper Consolidated School and graduated with the class of 1943. She attended and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1947, then taught at Nemaha Consolidated School until her marriage on Sept. 18, 1949, to Richard L. Freeman.

The couple lived and farmed south of Boxholm for many years before moving to Jefferson in 2006. Richard died in 2007.

Besides being a busy farm wife and mother, she was active in the local PTA while her children were in school. She also assisted her children while they were members of 4-H. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid and women’s group in Boxholm. 

Other memberships included the Alpha Study Federated Women’s Club of Boxholm and PEO Chapter CZ of Jefferson. While living in Jefferson, Beatrice attended Christ Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her children: Randy (Ruth) Freeman, of Jefferson; Nanci (Ron) Galloway, of Union; Marilyn (Bob) Masters, of Tigard, Ore.; and John (Teri) Freeman, of Boxholm; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Henrichs, of Boxholm; one brother-in-law, J.B. Blough, of Tucson, Ariz.; many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents Dewey and Grace Schilling; siblings Frances Safley, Betty Larson, Bonnie Blough and Dewey Schilling Jr.; brothers-in-law Bob Safley, Duane Larson and Leon Henrichs.

Funeral services were held Nov. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Boxholm, with visitation before the service. Burial will take place at a later date at Lawn Cemetery, Boxholm.

Memorials are suggested to the family to be used at their discretion.

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The family was assisted by the Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home.

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