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Linda Faye Freeman

October 24, 1946 ~ January 6, 2013
January 8, 2013
Linda Freeman passed to Heaven on January 6, 2013. She was very unexpectedly diagnosed with melanoma. In just a short time she passed at her home in the northern mountains of Idaho with BA and the kids by her side.

Linda’s Texas memorial was held February 9 at the First United Methodist Church in Gonzales, Texas. Her life celebration will continue in the spring in Idaho when family and friends of the north gather to remember a lady full of life and love, someone who touched their hearts in so many ways.

Linda was born October 24, 1946, to JD and Inez Gray in Gonzales and grew up in Wealder, Texas.

After a career sewing a million plus stitches most of her life and owning a fabric store, she changed careers and opened her day care, Little People’s Playschool. Upon outgrowing her first facility, she and BA designed, built and Linda opened First Step Learning Center.

Linda’s eyes sparkled the brightest when she had a baby in her arms. So many days you could find her in her office consoling a toddler who was having a bad day and feeding an infant at the same time. She loved all kids, big and small.

She married the absolute love of her life, Byron A. “BA” Freeman, on July 6, 1963. Their family was small, a daughter Londa Lynnette and a son Chance Allen. A small family with more love than the State of Texas could hold. After several years of traveling, BA and Linda found a place that adopted them - an indescribable 80-acre mountain in the panhandle of Idaho, one mile from the Canadian border. Together BA and Linda lived from the U.S. southern border to the U.S. northern border.

They made their home in Idaho in June of 2000. They constructed their cabin and Linda found their underground water that BA developed for their home’s water system.

Always being a great cook, Linda became a great gardener. Everywhere you look in their cabin you will find a can of something she’d grown and canned. She was all giving of herself and helped many neighbors through their tough times.

This giving nature was returned ten-fold by the community out-reaching to Linda in her time of illness. Her neighbors came by with food for the family, love, hugs, songs and prayers for Linda. The cards she received came not only from family and friends in Texas, but from California, Washington, Arizona, Kentucky and Canada. She touched so many lives.

BA, Londa and Chance express great appreciation to all of you for the love and care shown to Linda and assistance given to our family.

Linda is survived by her immediate family; husband BA, daughter Londa, son Chance, and her guardian angel Australian Shepherd Sweet Lar-O, her mother Inez Gray, an older sister Lorraine Reynolds and husband David, younger brothers and sisters-in-law, Jay and Donna Gray, Roger and Charlie Gray, Steve and Bonnie Gray. Nephews Travis Reynolds and family, Josh Gray and family, niece Taylor Gray, and several great nieces and nephews. Linda was preceded in death by her father, JD Gray, her great uncle ‘Buddy’ Diebel, and her nephew Ross Gray.

In continuing of her giving nature, Linda requested a scholarship fund be set up and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Linda Freeman Scholarship Fund at Prosperity Bank in Gonzales. Donations can also be made to your favorite charity.

Family and friends are invited to sign Linda’s book at Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.