Priscilla Freeman, 85, of Lake Wales, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 8, 1929, in Perry, Fla., to Malcom Stanley and Pearl Gertrude (Philyaw) McCaskill and had been a resident of the area since 1958, moving here from Jacksonville.
She attended Florida State University in 1946, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Home Economics. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from Rollins College. She then attended Florida Atlantic University, where she completed and was awarded a Master of Education Degree. She began her teaching career at the Bartram School for Girls, in Jacksonville in 1951. She continued her teaching career at The Jessup High School, in Jessup, Ga.
In 1958, she and her family moved to Lake Wales, where she began teaching at Babson Park Elementary and remained there for 26 and a half years, at which time she retired in 1984.
Mrs. Freeman was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales, was a member of the Lake Wales Beautification Committee, University of Women, the Red Hat Society, and a founding member of The Krewe of Pegasus. She was recognized by Gov. Bob Martinez, in 1990 as a Florida Pioneer, which can only be achieved if your family settled in Florida prior to its statehood.
Mrs. Freeman was preceded in death by her son, Gary M. Freeman, in 1973, after his graduation from Lake Wales High School and Polk Community College.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, having been married at Florida State University in 1950, Thomas A Freeman; one sister, Peggy Hardie of Jacksonville; sister-in-law, Roberta Freeman Harriman (Charles) of Lake Wales; along with many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church with The Rev. Chad Reynolds officiating.
Interment will be at the Lake Wales Cemetery.
Family will receive friends on Thursday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.
Contributions may be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice of Polk County, First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or Babson Park Elementary School.
Condolences may be sent to the family and the webcast of the service can be viewed at www.marionnelson funeralhome.com.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.