Funeral services were held on March 16 in Wyoming for Mary Louise Freeburn, known by family and friends as "Zip," 80, formerly of Exeter. Interment was in the Wheatland Cemetery with military graveside services. She passed away on March 11 in Wyoming.
She was born on July 29, 1923 in Sugoinsville, Tenn., the daughter of Frank and Sophoronia (Britton) Ball.
The family moved when she was six months old to the Lindsay area where she graduated from Lindsay High School in 1941. She attended a trade school for becoming a secretary in Bakersfield. She joined the U.S. Marine Corps serving during World War II.
On Jan. 26, 1946 she married James Edward "Jamie" Freeburn in Exeter. They made their home in Exeter from 1946 to 1983. While in Exeter she taught swimming to many children. In 1983 they moved to Wheatland, Wyo. where she lived until 1999 when she moved to Torrington, Wyo.
She was involved in churches in Exeter and in Wyoming. In Exeter she belonged to the Presbyterian Church where she put on numerous dinners, she was a wonderful cook.
She is survived by her son, Jim Freeburn and wife, Jolene of Fort Laramie, Wyo.; sister, Helen Jo Landers of Lindsay; five granddaughters, Sarah Freeburn of Wyoming, Shannon, Cayla, Becca and Jessica Freeburn also of Wyoming. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Jamie in September 1986.
As a memorial she would have wanted people to do something special with their families. Arrangements were under the direction of Gorman Funeral Homes in Wheatland, Wyo.