Frances H Freeman (Fran)
August 27, 1933-October 24, 2020
Fran Freeman, a 57 year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed from Alzheimer's disease on October 24, 2020 at the age of 87. She is survived by her children Laura and Mark; nephews Michael and Shawn; and niece Donna Fuhrman.
Born and raised in Yonkers, New York, Fran graduated from Albany State University with a degree in English. She moved to Seneca Falls in upstate New York where she became an English teacher at a junior high school. There she met and fell in love with another teacher, John D Freeman (Jack) and they married soon thereafter.
To escape the snow and cold, Fran soon insisted they move west. They landed in Manhattan Beach, CA where they raised their two children. Fran and Jack loved the area and remained living in the same house for the rest of their lives.
Once in Manhattan Beach, Fran became involved in community book clubs and worked as a librarian in local libraries. When her young children began school, Fran returned to teaching K-8 at Jane Addams School in Lawndale where she worked as the librarian while teaching Library Science and then Special Education. She taught for 23 years until retirement.
Fran was fun-loving, enjoyed music, dancing, and socializing. In 1975 she combined those joys after joining her husband and brother in-law in a Dixieland Band, the 'Hyperion Outfall Serenaders'. She played the washboard and tambourine in the band, while occasionally dancing the Charleston, for the next 40 years.
Fran loved the theatre, always holding season tickets to the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center and regularly attending theatrical events around the South Bay. Throughout her years she loved being involved with many plays at the Manhattan Beach Community Church; acting, singing in the chorus, and costuming. She and her husband made some very memorable Halloween costumes for themselves, as well!
Fran spent her free time reading books, being very active with Friends of the Library, traveling across country with her family while camping and backpacking, later traveling with her husband abroad, and relaxing at home.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Dec. 11, 2020.