OBITUARY

Sandra Freeman

October 7, 1960September 10, 2020

Sandra Ayala Freeman (Sandy/Mom/Grandma), 59

September 10th 2020

Survived by her husband Rodrick N. Freeman Jr., three daughters Anne A. Freeman, Brittany R. Freeman, Tiffany D. Freeman and three Grandchildren Leo J. Vega, Katalia A. Freeman-Edwards and Axel J. Rivera.

Sandra was born in El Paso, Texas on October 7, 1960 to Auerlio and Elpedia Ayala. Living in the United States and Mexico Sandra was always raised around family. Her parents settled down in El paso, Texas where her father started a small landscape company. Sandra help her dad while also attending school. Learning to play the chelo, Sandra partook in the school Orchestra. She graduated El Paso High School in 1979. She continued on to attend University of Texas El Paso, where Sandra was a part of Viva El Paso.

Sandra started working as a nurses aid and in the summer of 1985 she met the man she would marry. On October 28, 1985 Sandra married Rodrick N. Freeman Jr. Shortly after being married, Rod was stationed in Washington state and Sandra followed. On August 4th of '86 Rod and Sandra welcomed their first child a beautiful baby girl, Anne A. Freeman. Again, where they were stationed changed. This time Germany was the destination. While in Germany Sandra and her family were able to travel to many other countries and go site seeing, and experience many things that she loved being able tell stories about.

When finally returning to Texas, where shortly after Sandra found out she would be having her second child. On August 28, 1991 Sandra gave birth to another beautiful girl, Brittany R. Freeman. A few years later she was blessed again with yet another beautiful daughter. On September 30, 1994 Tiffany D. Freeman was born. In the years to follow she devoted her time to her family while also working as a correctional officer. In spare time she loved playing bingo, volunteering and providing new experiences to her girls while they grew up. They were her world until...

On December 19, 2013 Sandra welcomed her first grandson, Leo J. Vega. And, her world changed. She welcomed her first granddaughter, Katalia A. Freeman-Edwards, on January 4, 2016. There was never-ending piter pater of little feet running through the house. She loved every minute. On December 18, 2019 Sandra welcomed her second grandson, Axel J. Rivera. She couldn't get enough of time with them.

Sandra continued volunteering while she was able. She loved caring for her grandchildren and collecting toys galore. Sandra will be remembered and missed by family, friends and all she impacted.

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Christy Matthew

September 24, 2020

Sandra and I worked together at TDCJ for a couple of years. She was a beautiful lady with a beautiful heart and wasn’t afraid to wear it on her sleeve. Her smile and her laugh lit up the room and had a way of infecting everyone around her. Sandra was a wonderful friend and a huge influence on me as an officer. She never missed an opportunity to talk about her pride and joy, her girls and her husband. We kept in touch for a few years after I left then drifted apart. Life has a way of doing that to people unfortunately.
I will always treasure our morning coffee chats after a long 3rd shift and I will never forget the night she tried to get me to eat some fried chickens feet she brought to work! I loved her cooking, but had to draw the line on that one.
Rest In Peace dear lady.

Kim Gibson

September 23, 2020

While I didn't spend a great deal of time with Sandra in person, the fruits of her labor (her precious family) has always caught my eye. I met Sandra through Rod in 1995ish, when Rod and I worked at ManTech together. Sandra would get up early in the morning to make the most AMAZING breakfast burritos for Rod to sell in the break room. I always wanted to spend countless hours with her in the kitchen, gleaning her wisdom. Rod has always cherished her and has never spoken an ill word about her. It's so rare to find the kind of union that they've shared and have worked hard at maintaining through life's trials and tribulations. Sandra was her children's biggest cheerleader and she adored her grandchildren with all that she was. She was passionate about her family, her community, and America. Although she'd let you know in a split second what she thought about various topics, she preferred to not be in the spotlight, but rather in the background, focusing on her children and grandchildren being in the spotlight. My last words to her were, "I have always looked up to you and respected you." Her last words to me were, "Thank you. Go take care of them babies." Fly high with God's choicest angels, Sandra. I can picture your crown now- too heavy for your beautiful head to hold up because it's laden with so many precious jewels. What a beautiful legacy you leave behind. They won't disappoint you.

Heather Harlan

September 23, 2020

I worked with Sandra and she was my mentor at Texas Department of Criminal Justice .. She was an amazing mentor and friend who would do whatever she could for you. She made a huge impact on me and helped me become stronger. I remember she loved her holidays and her witch costume for Halloween . You will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Andrea Roquemore

September 23, 2020

I met Sandra thru her daughter Anne. And its funny like instantly she became another mom for me. She would call and check up on me and my mother. Sandra and my mother became good friends in the process and talked everyday. It hurt my heart that ur no longer here. And I thank you for the memories we shared. ❤💜

Jennette Beasley

September 23, 2020

I met Sandra while I was working at GC Services, through her oldest daughter, Anne. Sandra is someone who made your day brighter with her smile. She will be greatly missed by me and many other people. She is someone who can help you if you needed it. She is such a beautiful soul and I appreciate her with everything she's ever done for me in my life! She already had three girls and kinda adopted me like another daughter and that made me feel special! I love her and will definitely also miss her laugh and smile! RIP Madre ❤️

Crystal Hornbuckle

September 14, 2020

I grew up with Sandra (Sandy) well more I grew up with the girls. I would come over play, stay the night. She was one of my mothers best friends, and then ended up becoming like a second mother to me. She was always so kind and fun. The laughter and the wisdom from this woman will always be a part of me. Im so glad to of said you was a part of my family. I will miss you tremendously. I love you Mama Sandy.

Ricardo Villalva

September 14, 2020

Sandra was one of my best friends from childhood to adulthood.
Sandra had one of the biggest hearts I've ever known. She was friends to many at Holy Family Parish growing up.
She attended Holy Family School where her family was active in the ministry. She was a member of the Catholic Youth Organization the parish youth group where she made many friends and helped orgazinize events.
A class of 1979 alumnus of El Paso High School, Sandra was actively involved in the school Orcherstra and the school newspaper The Tatler. In high school Sandra always displayed school spirit by attending athletic and extra-curricular events. In the 1980s Sandra attended the University of Texas at El Paso while working for the community theater production of Viva El Paso!
These experiences helped mold her as a person of great personality, sense of humor and grood work ethic.
Her parents similiarly helped mold her into a great adlult, Christian and mother. She owes much of her sense of family and values to her parents Aurelio and Elpidia who always worked hard to provide their daughters with the best possible life experiences.
Thank you for everything you represented to your best freinds in El Paso. You have truly left an impression in the hearts of Ricky Avila, Ricardo Cortes, Victor Ayala, Estela Galvan, Diana Del Avellano and myself.
REST IN PEACE our dear friend.
Rick Villalva

Nicole Massingill

September 11, 2020

Sandra and I worked at the prison together many years. We had a lot of ups and downs. We didn’t always see eye to eye and agree on everything but we both wore a grey uniform. We worked hard together. We laughed even harder. We always made time for small talk and she had an almost magical way of warming a room with her laughter and conversation. We drifted apart over the years because of pettiness. I am truly sorry for it. Life is way too short. With all this said , the one thing she , always without fail would talk to me about would be how much she loved and treasured with all her heart .....her daughters. That she was so very proud of them and all of their accomplishments. Of course this was before grand babies!!!! I’m sure they took back seat to the grand babies when they came along. God Bless all surviving family. I will be praying for you all.

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Biography

Sandra Ayala Freeman (Sandy/Mom/Grandma), 59

September 10th 2020

Survived by her husband Rodrick N. Freeman Jr., three daughters Anne A. Freeman, Brittany R.
Freeman, Tiffany D. Freeman and three Grandchildren Leo J. Vega, Katalia A.
Freeman-Edwards and Axel J. Rivera.

Sandra was born in El Paso, Texas on October 7, 1960 to Auerlio and Elpedia Ayala. Living in
the United States and Mexico Sandra was always raised around family. Her parents settled
down in El paso, Texas where her father started a small landscape company. Sandra help her
dad while also attending school. Learning to play the chelo, Sandra partook in the school
Orchestra. She graduated El Paso High School in 1979. She continued on to attend University
of Texas El Paso, where Sandra was a part of Viva El Paso.

Sandra started working as a nurses aid and in the summer of 1985 she met the man she
would marry. On October 28, 1985 Sandra married Rodrick N. Freeman Jr. Shortly after being
married, Rod was stationed in Washington state and Sandra followed. On August 4th of '86 Rod
and Sandra welcomed their first child a beautiful baby girl, Anne A. Freeman. Again, where they
were stationed changed. This time Germany was the destination. While in Germany Sandra and
her family were able to travel to many other countries and go site seeing, and experience many
things that she loved being able tell stories about.

When finally returning to Texas, where shortly after Sandra found out she would be having
her second child. On August 28, 1991 Sandra gave birth to another beautiful girl, Brittany R.
Freeman. A few years later she was blessed again with yet another beautiful daughter. On
September 30, 1994 Tiffany D. Freeman was born. In the years to follow she devoted her time
to her family while also working as a correctional officer. In spare time she loved playing bingo,
volunteering and providing new experiences to her girls while they grew up. They were her
world until...

On December 19, 2013 Sandra welcomed her first grandson, Leo J. Vega. And, her world
changed. She welcomed her first granddaughter, Katalia A. Freeman-Edwards, on January 4,
2016. There was never-ending piter pater of little feet running through the house. She loved
every minute. On December 18, 2019 Sandra welcomed her second grandson, Axel J. Rivera.
She couldn't get enough of time with them.

Sandra continued volunteering while she was able. She loved caring for her grandchildren
and collecting toys galore. Sandra will be remembered and missed by family, friends and all she
impacted.

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