Carolyn Kay (Cole) Freeman, 80, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and North Port, Florida passed away on November 22, 2022. She took her last breath, surrounded by her children, at Hospice of Cincinnati after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Carolyn entered the world on October 25, 1942, in Clare, Michigan as the first born child of the late Ralph A. and Erma E. (Maybe) Cole. She graduated from Midland High School and continued her education at Delta College where she studied medical technology with the goal of someday becoming a doctor, but life had other plans for Carolyn when she met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Raymond Freeman. They married on February 8,1964 and enjoyed many (but not enough) years of building a home, raising a family, working, and buying too many hunting and quilting gadgets until Bob’s passing on December 24, 2010.
Carolyn leaves behind three children; Michael (Angela) Freeman, Bethany (Ed) Hampton, and Robyn Stuhan. She was arguably the best mother in the world, as those who know her children can attest. With daily hand-packed lunches (complete with homemade chocolate chip cookies), volunteering at her kids’ activities, dinners prepared nightly, snuggles on the couch, homemade ice cream for birthday parties, and her tough or tender love (depending on the moment), her mothering skills could not be beat. She was rewarded with a promotion from Mom to Grandma/Nana with the addition of eight grandchildren: Kyra, Allegra & Jayla Stuhan, Hattie Hampton, Kayla (Kyle) Richardson, Malachi Freeman, and Tom & Austin Wilson. Carolyn is also survived by her siblings Cherie (Bill) McKay, Bruce (Carole) Cole and Blair (Mary) Cole, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and her cherished quilting and church friends.
She was a board member of First United Methodist Preschool, Booster Club President of Midland Gymnastics, a Michigan gymnastics judge, Dow Chemical database programmer, President of Lawrenceburg Quilt Guild, Coordinator of Comfort Quilts for Ronald McDonald House, and an active member of LifeSpring Christian Church, the Hoffman bible study group, Lawrenceburg Modern Quilt Guild, and Peace River Quilters.
She loved reading (especially science fiction), watching TV, and spending time with her family. However, her most beloved hobby was quilting. She believed that was her calling in life. She made hundreds of award-winning, amazingly beautiful quilts that will continue to keep her loved ones warm at night for years to come. She was adamant that her quilts be used, not just displayed. She donated many of her quilts to children and families at the Ronald McDonald House, as well as to service members and veterans touched by war through Quilts of Valor.
Carolyn’s family would be honored if you joined them to share stories, memories, and celebrate her life on Saturday Nov. 26, 2022, at the Broadway Commons located at 803 E. Broadway St, Harrison, Ohio. Please enjoy her quilts and other works of art on display and reminisce with her family beginning at 1 pm. The service will begin at 2 pm, with a meal and fellowship.
Donations in Carolyn’s memory can be made to the Ronald McDonald House or to LifeSpring Christian Church.
Ronald McDonald House
341 Erkenbrecher Ave., Cincinnati OH 45229
LifeSpring Community Christian Church
9850 Carolina Trace Rd, Harrison OH 45030