BEULAH — Marilyn Elizabeth (Bruce) Freeland of Beulah and Bonita Springs, Fla., passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Okemos Health and Rehabilitation Center. Marilyn was born on Dec. 19, 1927, in Frankfort, Mich., the daughter of Helen (Dougherty) and Guy Bruce.
After graduating from Frankfort High School, Marilyn attended County Normal to become a teacher. She taught in a one-room school house and recently enjoyed reconnecting with some of her students. She also worked in the insurance business and retired after 15 years as manager of The Depot in Frankfort. On Aug. 21, 1949, she married Kenneth Earl Freeland, who was the love of her life and her best friend for 52 years. They loved the sunny climate in Florida. She and Ken made their home in Bonita Springs during the winter and made many friends there.
Nothing was more important to Marilyn than her family and she was its heart.
She is survived by her daughters, Mary (Joseph) Thompson and Patricia (Jay) Trost, both of DeWitt; sons, Thomas (Catherine) Freeland of Coopersville and Michael (Ronna) Freeland of Milford; grandchildren, Sara (Jared) Bennett, Joel (Shanna) Trost, Jared Trost, Heather Freeland, Joshua Freeland, Hailey Freeland, Dayna Freeland, and Devon Freeland; great-grandchildren, Kenyth Schultz and Jack Trost; and niece, Susan (Dale) Westcott, who she loved like a daughter. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Evelyn (Don) Kirby, Delores Smith and Evon Freeland; many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends; and loyal companion, her dog Max.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; her parents; and sisters, Helen Mary Gifford and Bonnie Bohnow.
A memorial service will be held at the Frankfort United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, where family and friends may celebrate her life. Memorials may be directed to the Frankfort United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1010, Frankfort, MI 49635.
The family would like to thank the staff members at Okemos Health and Rehabilitation Center and Great Lakes Hospice for lovingly caring for our mother.