Doris C. Freeman
Sunrise: April 1, 1933
Sunset: April 8, 2021
Doris Freeman was born in Long Branch, Texas on April 1, 1933 to “Mama” Lula Ballard (Nealy-Smith) and Edmond Ballard, Senior.
Doris was the eldest daughter of eight siblings. They were a close-knit family. She and her two sisters were especially close and often inseparable – like triplets – even though they were between four and six years apart. To those who knew them well, they were affectionally known as the “butt sisters”. Her sisters reflect on their fondest memories being the laughter and love shared and felt throughout mom’s courageous eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s dementia. “Sometimes it felt like you had to laugh to keep from crying”, but through it all they were devoted to one another.
Doris was united in love with Jerome Freeman, Jr, and to this union six children were born.
She was a devoted housewife and avid gardener for many years before embarking upon a full-time career as a Floral Designer; first at Janousek Florist in North Omaha, before relocating to Bakers in South Omaha – where she excelled in designing and creating extravagant signature floral arrangements; which morphed into creating personalized arrangements for the weddings of her daughters and, by word of mouth, lucrative side gigs. Doris loved preparing and hosting Saturday and Sunday meals – most consisting of her home-grown, mouthwatering collard greens, and an assortment of other delicious garden vegetables. For many years, before her memory began to fail, mom faithfully sent out birthday cards, with thoughtful monetary tokens of love to her children and grandchildren. She was a voracious reader of Harlequin Romance novels and loved her some Gladys Knight.
Doris was preceded in death by her three brothers: Edmond, Jr., George “GW”, Harvey Ballard; her loving husband, Jerome Freeman; daughter, Lisa Freeman.
Her surviving siblings are John Ballard, Orris Portley, Shirley Wilson, and her youngest brother, Dail Ballard, who made annual road trips from Texas, with sidekicks; daughter, Agnus Porter, niece, Cheryl Brantley, and grand-niece, Lasonya Lee “Scootie”, to visit mom at her memory care residence.
Along with her siblings, Doris leaves behind to uphold her legacy and cherish her memory, her offspring: Agnus Porter, Tena Chambers, Leda Harris, Edward DeVance, Gerald DeVance, Yolanda Bryce, Yvette Freeman Fraser, Jerry Freeman, Sherry Freeman Brown, and LeRam Freeman. An impressive tribe of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
*Special mention is given to her daughter, Yolanda Bryce, who acquired Guardianship during mom’s long bout with Alzheimer’s and who was at her bedside through her final transition; and especially attentive grandchildren, Coriouno, Jonathan, and Serenity Bryce.
VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Wednesday, April 28th from 2pm to 3pm at the West Center Chapel followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 3pm.
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