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Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Barbara Nell (Scales) Freeman

December 28, 1935October 17, 2019
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Barbara "Scales" Freeman was born as the oldest daughter of seven children to Llewellyn Elburn Scales and Nellie Mae Keys Scales in Austin, Texas where she was educated in the school, college and university systems of Austin with additional college work in California.

Barbara is the product of a talented and gifted family heritage linked from both her paternal and maternal forbearers who were successful entrepreneurs, business owners, community servants, skilled artists, professional athletes, and more, who instilled in their offspring their strong work ethic and drive for excellence. Her Christian faith and religious values were nurtured in what is now Simpson United Methodist Church where she grew up in the youth group and served as an usher. It was at Simpson that she met and was united in marriage to Rev. Marcus A.I. Freeman, Sr. during his appointment as pastor there. To this union three children were born; Barbara Antonia, Marcus Antonio Lucas III, and Patience Angelica. Barbara was fully devoted to the spiritual development, academic achievement, and vocational success of her children in a way that established them as spiritual, independent, and productive professional adults devoted to the fields of pastoral ministry and public education.

Skilled in business administration, Barbara offered her gifts to serve in support of her husband's ministry in the former West Texas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church as a secretary for the Minister's Wives Association and was instrumental in raising funds for the minister's pension plan. She worked as the administrator for the Waco Friendship Center which established a Meals on Wheels program for seniors and more community outreach ministries. As she continued to itinerate with her husband to different ministry appointments, she devoted her time to programs and services that supported and cared for the needs of children and adults alike. She loved the Austin community within which her rich heritage was anchored and kept up with current events. She was beloved by a host of neighbors and friends who knew her to be a generous, caring, and loving person they could always depend upon. She rarely met a stranger and she had a radiant smile that could lift the spirits of a burdened soul. She treasured quality time with her family and granddaughters.

Preceding Barbara in death are her parents, Llewellyn Scales and Nellie Mae Keys Scales; her husband, Rev. Marcus A.L. Freeman, Sr. and her brother Marvin Scales and her sister Patricia Scales Henderson. She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Barbara Antonia Freeman, Marcus Antonio Lucas Freeman, III (wife Janice), and Patience Angelica Jones (husband Kevin); her: grandchildren, Lillian Marie Freeman, Leslie Nicole Freeman, Vivica Jones; her, siblings, Joyce Scales Finley, Yvonne Scales Jenkins (Jim), Carolyn Scales Moten, Leo Scales (Karen), and their families which are included with a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, neighbors and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 26, 2019

Memories

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Sarah Sauls

October 22, 2019

Mrs. Freeman

We will miss her smile and kind words,
You always had an ear to listen and spoke kind, positive Motivation words to the entire Sauls family! You been our neighbor over 40 years. You shared the same love to the Sauls family and children as you loved your children and family.

Gone to soon and we all love you and will always remember your kind words and smile.

I thank her 3 Children and their families for sharing her with us and the entire
17th Street Neighborhood

We have you all in our prayers!
Sarah Sauls
Dallas Tx

Smirna Cabrales-Avendano

October 22, 2019

Your family from Getsemani in Port Arthur extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to our dear Brother Marcus and his family. We know that no words can relieve the pain that one feels at the loss of their mother. Yet, our Christian faith teaches us to grieve with hope in our hearts for it will be well with our soul. We pray that “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Amen.

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