Mary Louise Park Freeman
September 8, 1928 – August 16, 2018
Mary Louise Park Freeman, our dear mother, died August 16, 2018 following a hard fought battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 89 years old. Mary Louise was born in Atlanta on September 8, 1928 at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital, the first child of Harold Harris Park and Eileen Marie Moloney Park. Mary Louise was a descendant of two old Georgia families whose members took an active role in the education and political development of Hancock and Troup counties as well as Atlanta. Mary Louise grew up on Seaboard Avenue, attended Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception Grammar Schools and graduated from Christ the King High School. She attended Marsh Business College and Georgia State College, where she served as the president of the Newman Club. This is where she met her future husband, William (Bill) Edward Freeman. Bill and Mary Louise were married in February 7,1959 and first settled in Inman Park at the old Pendelton apartments on Euclid Avenue. As their family grew, they moved to Virginia Highland and then to Druid Hills. With the help of her parents, Mary Louise devoted herself to raising her five children while Bill worked at the Georgia State Labor Department. Our mother’s fierce independence carried her through the sudden death of our father in 1994. She never learned to drive, yet was able to successfully manage the real estate investment business that she built with our father. She was the epitome of a strong and driven southern woman who focused upon family before herself. We will miss her greatly. She was a member of St. Thomas More Church and former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Korean Widow’s Veterans Association, and with her husband, the Druid Hills Golf Club. Mary Louise was predeceased by her husband, William E. Freeman (USMC); parents, Eileen and Harold Park; brother, Arthur Park and her cousin Louise Park. She is survived by children, William Park Freeman (Diane), Atlanta area, Eileen Marie Crochet (Donald), Atlanta area, Harold Harris Freeman, Atlanta, Mary Louise Freeman, Atlanta, Edward Patrick Freeman (Kathleen), Atlanta area; grandchildren. William Patrick Freeman, Mount Pleasant, SC, Joseph Edward Crochet, Atlanta, Daniel Park Crochet, Washington DC, Elizabeth Marie Freeman, Western Carolina University, Mary Kathleen Freeman, Benjamin Harris Freeman and Julia Louise Freeman, Atlanta area; first cousin, Dr. Leland Madison Park, Davidson NC and nieces and nephew, Julia Lundstrum, Lauren Winborne and Arthur Park. The family will receive friends at H.M. Patterson and Son Spring Hill Chapel on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Rosary Service to follow from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A funeral mass will be conducted at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 10:00 am. Interment will be at Westview Cemetery with a reception to follow.
- Visitation Tuesday, August 21, 2018
- Rosary Service Tuesday, August 21, 2018
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 22, 2018
- Interment Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Mary Louise Park Freeman
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August 18, 2018
I spent my high school years with Mary Louise Jr. (my best friend) her “bobsy twin” brother Hal Freeman.
Mrs. Freeman put up with our shenanigans and gave me a scared heart metal to put in my car at all times. I still have it and will treasure it always. She knew we were wreckless teenager’s.
I’m so very grateful for her prayers then and throughout the years. I will miss her wisdom, laughter, and quit wit - especially when holding a politicians feet to the fire. It was fun to listen to her speak her mind - especially on the local radio.
My fondest memory of “ml” is waking up at her house around the age of 17 and really wanting some coffee. She said “honey I’m gonna make you the best coffee you ever had”. She sat me and Weez at the kitchen table and we all laughed at Bill’s corney jokes. She put some coffee beans in a pan and roasted them in the oven from scratch, then put them in a percolator. I never waited longer for a cup of coffee in my life, but it was amazing!
I was telling a tall tale and stretching the truth for comedic effect. She jokingly called me out saying “Jean Kresge you took that two steps further” laughed with tears in her eyes and sung out “threeeee steps further”. Suffice it to say it’s an inside joke with me and weez till this day.
The whole Freeman family came into my life when my family life was in turmoil and showed me love in their own special way. Mrs. Freeman turned me on to the beautiful catholic faith - it was required if i spent the night with Weez and the next morning happened to be Sunday. She was quick to call me a serpent for talking Mary into skipping half the service one Sunday. Hahaha
My deepest sympathy to William, Ilene, Edward, Mary Louise, and Hal; and, all their children and extended family. I absolutely adored your mother - the epitome of a truly classy southern woman.
August 18, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mary Louise. She was a wonderful woman full of love for her family and friends. I remember her making gravy every Easter and sharing so many stories with me. She was truly blessed with a loving and caring family. She is now an angel watching over all of you. My love and heartfelt feelings.
August 18, 2018
Want to say I’m so very sorry for the loss of your mother . I want to send you all hugs and prayers for making you strong to get though this difficult time . She was a rock for your family and amazing mother to you all .
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