HICKORY It is with great sadness that the family of Eleanor Orr Freeman of Hickory, announces her passing, Monday, July 2, 2019, with her family by her side. Eleanor was born July 19, 1930 in Charlotte, to Harry Tracy Orr and Kathleen Ritch Orr. Eleanor will be lovingly and forever remembered by her husband of 64 years, Robert Franklin "Frank" Freeman Jr.; their daughters, Tracy Ann Freeman, Pamela Gayle Freeman; son-in-law, Todd Walker; sister-in-law, Ann Bigham Councilman; and ten nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and siblings, Marjorie Spurrier, Dorothy Turner, Kathleen Kissell and Harry Tracy Orr Jr. After graduating from Brevard College in 1950, Eleanor worked for an insurance company. She was a talented artist and raised a loving family. When her daughters were young, Eleanor was also active in the Girl Scouts, various school and art projects, and church circles. Eleanor was incredibly gifted in a wide range of arts and crafts and loved nature and being creative. Eleanor loved to paint, especially in watercolors and acrylics. She also enjoyed quilting, sewing, knitting, weaving, and making pottery and baskets. She spent many hours gardening and had a "yard beautification project," as she called it, going on at all times. She also relished annual family vacations, visiting national and state parks, and viewing wildlife. A celebration of Eleanor's life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, where she was a long-time member. The memorial service will take place in the sanctuary, Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. The church is located at 237 2nd St. NW, Hickory, NC 28601. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park, www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/blue-ridge-parkway; or First Presbyterian Church of Hickory, hickoryfpc.org/donate-now. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Eleanor Freeman and condolences may be left for the family online at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com/obituary.
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