• February 7, 1930 - December 23, 2017
  • Slc, Utah

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Betty Freeman
Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Schindler Freeman was born February 7, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Mary E. Ceres and George D. Schindler. Betty was the third child following, Alice Marie and Donald George (Jo Anne, deceased). Their family was completed a few years later when Barbara Louise (Sister Rita Ann) was born. Betty passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Sunrise of Holliday.
Betty was raised in the Pittsburgh area, attending St. Norbert's Catholic School and graduating in 1948 from Carrick High School. She met her future husband, William (Bill) Freeman at a dance. They were married October 25, 1952 in Pittsburgh, and then settled in Baltimore, Maryland where Bill was working for Westinghouse. It was in Baltimore where her four children were born, Carol, Richard, Doug and Janet. The family moved in 1964 to College Park, Maryland where Bill worked at NASA. After the moon exploration program ended, the family relocated to Utah in 1973 with the FAA.
Betty worked for Duquesne Iron & Steel after high school and Westinghouse until they started their family. She was the ultimate homemaker, her house, yard and children always looked their best and dinner was on the table at 5pm every night. When the children were older she worked at Cottonwood Heights Elementary.
In 1991, Betty became a volunteer at St. Marks Hospital. She was recognized in 1998 with the Frist Humanitarian Award, which recognizes a volunteer each year that demonstrate "extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients and their community." During this time, Betty also helped make 300 sack lunches each week for the homeless. She had 5,283 hours of volunteer service at St. Marks in October 2007, when she could no longer get around due to physical limitations and the beginning stages of dementia.
Betty was able to stay in her home for many years with the help of her daughter, Janet. In early 2014, Betty went into the loving care of Sunrise Senior Living of Holliday. The staff and care managers at Sunrise helped Betty while she dealt with the horrible disease of dementia. She knew almost everyone throughout Sunrise, not only those that worked there, but the residents as well. She never liked to stay in one place too long. If family or care managers weren't there to push her wheelchair, Betty would scoot herself around the 4th floor looking for a snack of some kind. She was well known with her "Hi, how are you?" She was always commenting on a colorful tie, a fancy skirt, etc. Those at Sunrise were part of the family and grieve with us at her passing.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and her husband, Bill. She is survived by her four children, Carol Griffith, Richard (Trudy), Doug (Valerie) and Janet Freeman. She leaves three grandchildren, Tim (Rebecca) Griffith, Melanie (Aaron) Kroll and Russell Freeman, and five great-grandchildren, Ellasen, Eden & Everly Griffith and Payne & Moxie Kroll. Betty is also survived by her brother Don and Jo Anne's children Theresa, George and John Schindler and their families.
Our heartfelt thank you to Jolene and all the others at Solstice Hospice who came like angels to help Betty and the family during her last hours; you are all beacons of light during the darkest hours. We wish to thank the past and current care managers and staff at Sunrise of Holliday for the wonderful friendship and care given to Betty and her family. To George, thanks for the variety of juice, the residents are well hydrated!
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018 in the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 South Highland Drive. Viewing will be held 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park