Joyce Marilyn Freeman


October 11, 1929 - November 21, 2015



Joyce Marilyn (Nelson) Freeman was born October 11, 1929, to Elvie and Clarence Nelson, at Ashland, Wisconsin. She grew up in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School in 1947. She married Ken Freeman on June 18, 1949, and the two relocated to Mitchell to begin their new life together.

She was a homemaker and stay at home mom for several years before going to work part time at Methodist Hospital in the admissions office. She then went to work for the city of Mitchell in the finance office and retired in 1992. After retirement, Ken and Joyce enjoyed traveling to visit family members and old friends from childhood. They also spent 11 winters in Casa Grande, Arizona, where they met new friends from all over the country and Canada. They enjoyed golfing, trips across the border to Mexico and happy hour with their neighbors.

Her hobbies included golfing, bowling, Bunco Club, painting, camping and attending her children’s school activities.

Survivors include her daughter, Sue (Cal) Strand, her sons:  Dave (Kathie) Freeman, Ron (Paula) Freeman all of Mitchell, and Rick, Sioux Falls, sister, Shirley Mersy, Vista, California, sister-in-law, Bev Searing of Waterford, Wisconsin; six grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and long-time childhood friend, Jeanne Beirl of Ashland, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ken in 2010, her sister, Nancy Fragomini, daughter in law, Tracy Freeman and brothers-in-law, Bud Searing, Frank Mersy and Dominic Fragomini.



Tuesday, November 24, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, November 25, 2015
2:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Sue Vander Heiden on November 23, 2015
So sorry for your loss. May you have peace knowing that she is reunited with your dad. Treasure the memories. Hugs to all of you
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