|On October 19, 1974, a beautiful autumn day, Mrs. Josephine Gore Freeman completed her earthly journey and joined the Church triumphant.
She was born in St. Francisville, Louisiana where she lived with her family and grew to womanhood. A young Methodist minister by the name of Marion Freeman was assigned to the St. Francisville charge. He became more than a friend, a pastor—he became the husband of Miss Josephine Gore. To them were born two sons, Sellers and Marion, who survive her.
Mrs. Freeman was a gracious minister’s wife. She knew how to meet people, how to run a lovely home, how to entertain personal friends and groups from the church and other organizations, and how to assist her husband in all the ways befitting his position in the community.
A good neighbor is one who shows concern and love for friends next door. Mrs. Freeman was that. Having lived in the district parsonage beside them for six years, we often witnessed her love and sharing. With pride and joy she made us recipients of her culinary art.
To the last years of her life, she maintained a healthy sense of humor and kept busy. This helped to assuage the loneliness she felt in the house on the hill in South Highlands.
Miss Josie, as she was affectionately called, was patient in her long illness. She loved life, and her children and grandchildren were her priceless jewels. She was especially grateful to Marion and Sarah Beth, with whom she spent her last days, for their love and devotion. A line from THE PILGRIM SONG is a fitting close for any life that has been lived in the service of Christ:
Death comes to set thee free;
Oh, meet him cheerily
As thy true friend,
And all thy fears have ceased
And in eternal peace,
Thy penance end.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1975; p.186 By B. C. Taylor|