Marie Freeman of Morristown, born December 12, 1925, went home to the loving arms of Jesus on October 18, 2021. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Mack Truman Freeman; her parents, John and Mattie Ogan; brothers and sisters, Esco (Cora) Ogan, Minnie (Jay) Hammer, Hoyt (Mildred) Ogan, Mae (Howard) Foster, Virgie (Halmer) Roach, J.T. Ogan, Schubert (Teresa) Ogan, and Lawrence Ogan.
She is survived by her children, Ginger Cole and Mike (Pat) Freeman; grandchildren Greta (Scott) Coleman, Gina Cole, Graham (Stacy) Cole, Dustin (Dawn) Freeman, and Emily (Shaun) Jenkins; great-grandchildren Camilla Willingham, Abigail Coleman, Josiane Willingham, Warren Coleman, Luke Jenkins, Andrew Freeman and Elijah Jenkins; great-great-granddaughter Brooklyn Evans; along with a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends whom she loved dearly.
Born and raised in Rutledge, TN, Marie relocated to Oak Ridge during World War II as one of the “Girls of Atomic City” where she worked as a Calutron operator. She and Mack then moved to San Diego during his service with the U.S. Navy. On returning to East Tennessee, Marie and Mack soon became lifelong members of Manley Baptist Church, where Marie was a regular, welcoming presence and gracious hostess at church events. Her incredible desserts were always a highlight at family gatherings, though designating a favorite was pretty much impossible. Between delectable sour cream pound cake, chocolate pie (with a perfect meringue), and creamy banana pudding, how do you choose?
Anyone who ever met Marie knows that her passing leaves an emptiness in our hearts that will never be filled.
Visitation will be held at Manley Baptist Church on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 5 to 7 p.m., with funeral services immediately following. A graveside service will take place on Friday, October 22, at Jarnigan Cemetery at 10am in Morristown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Building Fund at Manley Baptist Church, 3063 Andrew Johnson Highway in Morristown.
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