Obituary of Anita Freeman (1923-2022) – Gulfport, MS

Anita Marie Freiman
January 18, 2022
Gulfport, Mississippi – Anita Freeman, 98, of Gulfport, MS, died peacefully at her home on January 18, 2022. Anita Marie Sadler was born May 19, 1923 to Andrew and Katherine (Nipp) Sadler in Emery, SD. Raised on a farm, she received her education in Emery, where she attended St. Martin’s Catholic School. She moved to Sioux Falls, SD to attend business school and work. There she met her sweetheart, Everett Freeman, who served in the Army Air Corps. They married at the end of World War II and were together for 69 years. They lived in Southern California for 43 years and raised five children. Anita was an active parishioner and member of St. Joseph’s Guild at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bellflower, CA. She enjoyed her many years of service in the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital as well as being the office manager for her son’s contracting company.
Anita and her husband moved to Gulfport, MS in 1989 where they successfully managed investment properties. She was an active parishioner and greeter at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gulfport. Anita was a woman of great faith and integrity. She was a loving wife, mother and friend. She had an impeccable memory, was a gifted storyteller, baker and gardener.
She was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Katherine Sadler, her husband of 69 years – Everett Freeman, her brother Victor Sadler, sisters Donna Ugland and Denise Chase, son Dennis Freeman and grandson Joshua Jones.
She is survived by her children Michael (Cindy) Freeman of San Diego, CA, Mary Jones (Bill) White of Gulfport, MS, David Freeman of Lake Elsinore, CA, Ann (Ruben) Freeman-Manzanares of Olympia, WA, and daughter-in-laws Mary Ann Mull Freeman of Buena Park, CA; grandsons Jeremy (Heather) Jones, Matthew (Kerri) Freeman, Jennifer (Chris) Jones-Lacy, Chad (Katie) Freeman, Clay Freeman and Gabriel Manzanares; Great-grandchildren Logan Freeman, Sydnee Freeman, Lucas Freeman, Cody Freeman, Julie Freeman, Nathan Freeman, Eden Lacy and Desmond Lacy.
The viewing will be on Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15452 O’Neal Road, Gulfport. Funeral service will be held at Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at Biloxi National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 12290 Depew Road, Gulfport, MS 39503 or St Jude Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the Freeman family. View and sign the online tribute www.bokfh.com.

Published by The Sun Herald on January 21, 2022.

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