Linda Faye Freeman
October 24, 1946 ~ January 6, 2013
January 8, 2013
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
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.
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
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of
Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.