LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - After many years, Margaret D. Freeman’s life ended peacefully at her home at Brookside Retirement Community, Lowville, NY on July 17th, 2019.
Mrs. Freeman was born in Port Leyden, the beloved daughter of Harry L. Drake and Madeline Pitcher Drake on June 29, 1920. She graduated from Port Leyden High School with a Regents’ diploma and attended St. Lawrence University.
Margaret married Cedric (Ced) Freeman on January 24, 1941, creating a loving marriage lasting 73 years. While Ced served in the South Pacific in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Margaret lived in Port Leyden with her two toddlers. After the war, the Freemans built a house on Hutton Heights in Boonville, NY. They became the proud owners of the well-respected Freeman’s Jewelry on Main Street that thrived until Ced’s retirement in 1980.
Regrettably, Ced Freeman predeceased Margaret in 2014. Also, her brother Loren Drake and sister-in-law Helen Genzel preceded their sister in death. Surviving are her daughters Nancy Freeman Jordan (Rob) of Thornton, PA and Beverly “Bon-nie” Poppleton (Terry) of York, ME and her son Cedric Randall “Randy” Freeman (Sharon) of Houston TX.
There are five grandchildren: Pamela Jordan (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Can-dice Sherman (Atlanta, GA); Faith Black (Houston, TX; Michelle Chumsae (York, ME) with the two great-grandsons Miles and Zane and Michael Poppleton (Brook-lyn, NY) with a third great-grandson, Jack. Margaret’s nephews are Alan Drake and Calvin Genzel; and her nieces are Connie Stefano, Carla Stelmach, and Cor-rinne Zehr.
The calling hour is 9:30-10:30 AM on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Iseneker Funer-al Home, Inc. in Lowville, NY. The funeral follows at 11:00 AM at the Lowville Methodist Church, followed by a committal service at the Port Leyden Cemetery. Later that day, a reception will be held in Lowville for all attending.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Friends of Lewis County Hospice, PO Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367 or to the Port Leyden Cemetery, PO Box 218, Port Leyden, NY 13433.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.