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Doris L. (Franklin) Freeman, 90, of Old Point Road, Newburyport, wife of the late Whitman I. Freeman, Jr., died Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in the Brigham Health and Rehabilitation Center, Newburyport following her brief illness.
Born January 5, 1926, in Slatington, Pa., daughter of the late Walter and Grace (Zellner) Franklin, she was raised in Nutley, N.J., and was a graduate of public schools.
She married in 1941 in Wayne, N.J., where the Freemans made their home for several years. They later lived in Garden Grove City, Calif., and in 1965 they made their home and raised their family on Allen Lane, Ipswich. She enjoyed knitting for and supporting the Navy Relief Organization. She will be remembered as a loving wife and devoted mother of three.
She is survived by a son, Robert W. Freeman and his wife, Jeanne of Newburyport; a daughter, Bonny Bayer of S. Berwick, Maine; five grandchildren, Ryan Bayer of Virginia, Kevin and Katie Bayer, both of Maine, Amy Napolitano and her husband, Justin of Groveland, and Chad W. Freeman and his wife, Erin of Newburyport; five great-grandchildren, Logan Freeman, Cody Savage, Aven Bayer and Aiden and Evan Napolitano. She was the mother of the late Donald A. Freeman, formerly of Salem; sister of the late Betty Kane, formerly of New Jersey, Gloria Keller, formerly of New Mexico; and aunt of the late Peggy Bashore, formerly of Westford.
Her funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, December 3, graveside in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Friday 5 to 8 p.m. in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959. For directions and or to send a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  December 1, 2016
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