Grace Jane Freeman

9 December, 194430 July, 2021
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The community of Cary, NC lost one of its most gracious members on July 30, 2021, when Grace Jane Salmon Freeman, of Cary, NC, passed away at home after a long illness.

Grace, age 76, was adored by her husband of over 50 years, Joseph T. Freeman, and much loved and appreciated by her children: son Justin L. Freeman and stepdaughters Margot and Jennifer, and their spouses. She was an attentive and doting grandmother to her eight grandchildren: Wendy, Traci, Jesse, Sam, Isaac, Sarah, Angelina and Lawrence, and a proud great grandmother of 6 great grandchildren.

Grace was the youngest of 27 siblings, the children of William Henry and Ella Godwin Moore Salmon. She grew up in Lillington, NC, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood on her family’s farm. Grace remained close with her siblings and her nieces and nephews until the day she died. Her two living sisters – Daisy Stephens and Iris Pendergrass – were her best friends, and were with her at the end.

Grace was a founding member of the Cary Arts Ball, established to support the expansion of visual arts in Cary, and she continued to provide her expertise and assistance for many years to this endeavor. And, she was the first female member of the Board of Directors of the McGregor Downs Country Club; in which role she was instrumental in improving the clubhouse, as well as orchestrating the 20th Anniversary celebration for the club.

Grace was a talented cook and gracious hostess. Her family, friends and neighbors enjoyed her generous hospitality often. Her extended family will especially miss the family parties around the holidays in which Grace provided delightful meals for 30 or more in attendance.

Grace and Joe enjoyed boating for many years, both off the coast of North Carolina, as well frequent trips up and down the east coast: to Maine and to Florida. They enjoyed hosting their friends on these trips.

Grace’s cooking resulted in commercial success, as she sold her famous fruit cakes for many years through Fresh Market. Cooking was not Grace’s only creative endeavor, she also produced charming oil and watercolor paintings.

Throughout her illness, Grace’s friends Kay Martin, Sally Adams and Liz Ross, visited her often, bringing with them laughter and love. Grace’s family is especially grateful to the aides who assisted Grace and Joe during this difficult time: Jennifer Nevious, Sharee McClain Alex Lee, and Karen Jep.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Grace’s life will be held at 2:00 PM, on August 5, 2021 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM prior to the services at the funeral home.

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Sophia Salmon

7 August 2021

I will forever think of Aunt Grace as a positive inspiration in my life. The stories and lessons she shared will always be with me and passed on to others. My heart is with her family who she loved so deeply and is so very proud of. Amazing Grace will always be in heart.

Connie Hoyes

5 August 2021

Grace was always at the core of our ladies’ group, hosting, entertaining, cooking, laughing, planning, working, organizing and enjoying fun and glamorous social events in Cary. Any event was always enlivened and benefited from Grace’s participation.

About 30 years ago I wrote a poem about this core group of ladies, assigning a Crayola color to each one, and the verse about Grace will forever hold:

The Color of Friendship
Amazin’ Grace to some, to us Queen she would be, color her purple,
Regal, splendid, confident and sure, for her only the finest quality will do,
And to her “ladies in waiting” generosity and kindness is regularly bestowed,
Never too far from her farmhouse roots, or to any other cause she is owed.

I love each of you………Connie

Barbara and Mike Hoots

2 August 2021

Mike and I lived next door to Joe and Grace for about 11 years in Cary. We were around them for many social gatherings, including numerous ones at their home. Grace baked a cake for me and brought it next door after my father passed. She was always caring and thoughtful. I told Joe once that Grace was a dynamic and vivacious woman, always very active and involved. She had many friends and was loved by them all. Grace is free now and at peace. I know her passing will leave an empty space in the lives of many, but especially Joe, Justin, and the rest of her family and friends. Rest in peace now Grace. Go to God.