Patricia G. “Patsy” Freeman_________________________
Patricia G. “Patsy” Freeman, age 65, of Philip, S.D., died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Patricia G. “Patsy” Schofield was born on July 3, 1948, in Pierre, the daughter of Matthew V. “Mike” and Thelma Jean (Fosheim) Schofield. She grew up in Midland and attended school there until the 11th grade. She graduated from Philip High School in 1966 and afterwards attended Black Hills Teachers College. She was a rural school teacher in Murdo and Ft. Pierre.
On December 19, 1967, Patsy was united in marriage to Claude Freeman and to this union three children were born, Claudette “CJ” Hoag, Jolene Marshall and Rebecca Freeman. They resided in Nelligan, Germany from 1971 to 1973 and Ft. Carson, Colorado from 1973 to 1979 while Claude served in the United States Army. Philip became their permanent home in 1979.
Patsy excelled and enjoyed her career as a program assistant at the Haakon County Farm Service Agency in Philip from 1981 to 2002, and the Northern County Office in Fairbanks, Alaska, from 2002-2005. From 2006 until the time of her death she served as the Haakon County Auditor. Patsy worked hard her whole life to provide for her family and always felt it was an honor and a privilege to serve the people of her community. Patsy loved her home and making it beautiful. She will always be remembered for caring for those around her whether it be her children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors or complete strangers. This is reflected in her favorite Bible verse, “So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Survivors include two daughters, Jolene Marshall and her husband, Bill, of North Platte, Neb., and Becky Freeman of Philip; five grandchildren, Erick Hoag, Hannah, Dillan, and Dalton Marshall, and Brett Freeman; two sisters Nancy Russell and her husband Tom of Black Hawk, and Nina Richardson and her husband, Brent, of Sheldon, N.D.; five brothers, Matt Schofield and his wife, Carol, Michael Schofield and his wife, Janice, Wade Schofield, and Jason Schofield and his wife, Lisa, all of Philip, and Brad Schofield and his wife, Debbie, of Gillette, Wyo.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Patricia was preceded in death by her daughter, Claudette Jean “CJ” Hoag; her parents, Thelma Jean and Matthew V. Schofield; and one granddaughter, Samantha Marie Marshall.
Memorial services were held Saturday, March 15, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com