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The Valley Reporter
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Waitsfield, VT 05673

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Frances R. Freeman


Frances R. Freeman, 83, of Columbia, CT, died Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at the Windham Hospital in Connecticut of heart disease. She was born August 31, 1925, to Rose McManus and George Freeman.

She leaves two sisters, Gladys M. Freeman and Elizabeth A. Freeman of Columbia, CT. Frances was a teacher from 1949 until 1980 at several schools in Cheshire, CT. She thoroughly enjoyed her numerous trips throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with special friends and members of the SNET Telephone Pioneers.

One of her favorite places to travel was to her log cabin that she and her sisters built on Lincoln Gap Road in Warren, VT, in 1960. She had many fond memories in The Valley of times spent at Hap's and Phyl-Den's, coffee and donuts with Albert and Thelma Neill, chats on her front porch with Roy Long, lawn service and friendship with Bill Peatman, and custom woodwork for her cabin by friend Carl Tyler and his wife Linda.

She will be greatly missed by the Gib Geiger family of Waitsfield, as she was the one who brought Gib (and his brother, Eric, now of Norfolk, MA) here, every school vacation during the '60s and '70s. She was like a second mother to them and it is because of Fran that Gib and his family now live in Waitsfield. She most recently was able to return to her cabin last October, having not been here for nine years prior, so she was quite happy.

Frances dreamed of moving here but never could. Her ashes have returned, though, and will be spread around the cabin she so loved.


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