Pat Freemyer, 1931-2015

Pat Freemyer

Pat Freemyer

Patsy Ann Bennett Freemyer, 83, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015. She will best be remembered as a difference maker to her family, her students, the community of Helena-West Helena and her church.

She was married to Wesley Neal Freemyer for almost 62 years. They began their lifelong partnership together in 1953 after graduating from Hendrix College.

Pat approached every task, role, relationship or obstacle with dignity, grace and her ever-present smile. Her passion for teaching influenced decades of both students and educators.

She was a trailblazer for issues centering on equality, advocacy and mission, providing exemplary leadership for United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Church locally in Helena and through service at the Conference, Jurisdictional and denominational levels. Perhaps Pat’s greatest accomplishments centered around service, including Terrific Tuesday, an after-school tutoring program she founded and directed; Lenten Listening, a community-wide devotional series that she championed; and the countless students that she influenced to pursue higher education from Phillips County.

Pat instilled in her children and grandchildren a sense of wonder about the world, a love of reading, the importance of hospitality, kindness to all and generosity of spirit.

She was greeted in heaven by her two sons, Richard Wayne Freemyer and Kenneth Wesley Freemyer.

Her legacy in this world will be joyfully carried on by her daughters, Norma Edmonds Hargraves (Bev Hargraves and Simon Ortiz), Patti Freemyer Martin (John, Ellen and Bennett Martin), Emily Freemyer Atkins (Charlie Atkins; Mary Michael, Matthew, Joseph, Nicholas and Anne Henry Maggio), Wesley Ann Freemyer Thomas (Kelly; Easton, Beck and Rowan) and Virginia Jackson Freemyer.

A graveside service was held Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Sunset Memorial Park in West Helena, followed by a Celebration of Life service at First UMC Helena.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 502 Porter Street, Helena, AR 72342; or to Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Avenue, Conway, AR 72032.