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1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060

Dora “Faye” Freeman

06/17/1939 — 09/07/2021

Dora "Faye" Freeman posing while in a hula outfit for a photo at a family celebration

Dora “Faye” Freeman, age 82 of Eastlake, passed away September 7th, 2021 at Hospice of The Western Reserve. She was born June 17th, 1939 in Lilly, Kentucky to the late Clarence and Edith Hodge.

Faye was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother who would do anything for her family. She was known as the Mrs. Cleaver of neighborhood, and she loved her dogs. Faye was the matriarch of the family, she taught us all what safe feels like, she was our guidepost for everything, our “True North”. Faye will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Faye is the loving wife of the late James W. Freeman Sr.; cherished mother of Darlene (Curt) Ellis, James W. Freeman Jr., Michael A. Freeman, David B. Freeman, Eva M. (Jessie Johnson) Freeman, Ricky L. (Jared Recob – fiancé) Freeman, Marianne (John Barker) Freeman and Anthony S. Freeman; beloved grandmother of Tracy (Bobby-“Captain Hook” to her Tinkerbell) Williams, Allison (Justin – fiancé) Humphrey, Brittany Freeman, Crystal Freeman, Charmaine Freeman, Amber (Lanny Hughley) Freeman, Ashley Freeman, Christopher Griffin, Chaz Griffin, Tyler (Holly) Green, Vanessa Green, Kaila Freeman, Anthony Freeman, Abigaill, Jacob, Joshua, Jeremiah Freeman and the late Brian Morris; great and great-great grandmother of many; sister of the late Lewis E. Hodge; niece of Carrie Root and Cecil “Jesse” Hodge; and her loving dog Cleopatra “Kiki”.

Private entombment will be held at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Twp.

Donations can be made in Faye’s name to the Lake Humane Society, 7564 Tyler Blvd., #E, Mentor OH 44060 and The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

Arrangements were entrusted to Jeff Monreal of Jeff Monreal Funeral Home.

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9 Replies to “Dora “Faye” Freeman”

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. She was such an amazing person with a caring heart who would open up her door to help anyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!


  2. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. I’m sure Faye will still be watching over everyone!


  3. From my family to yours “we are so sorry for your loss”. Love you guys.


  4. So very sorry to hear this. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you all. She was a wonderful person. She will be missed.


  5. My deepest condolences for the family and my partner Ricky Freeman during this difficult time. This is a hard pill to swallow and great loss for many. In time though, this too shall pass and time heals all wounds. Rest in Heaven Faye you are already missed!!


  6. So saying sorry for your loss is a understatement for Mrs. Freeman. She was truly one of a kind! She was witty, funny, sarcastic and beautiful. I have so many fond memories of my childhood with all of you. I am the person I am today growing up around the Freedman Family. I love and miss you all!


  7. Jeannette Copley September 9, 2021 at 2:50 am

    My deepest heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beautiful beloved mom. Prayers love and hugs to you and family!!


  8. Georgianna and Mitch Cook September 10, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of sweet Faye. She was such a delightful person to know. I will never forget the years of Friday night movies and dinners and birthday group lunches. Our sympathies to the entire family.


  9. Annette, Bobby and Annemarie Henderson September 10, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Please accept our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of our dearest Faye. I’ve had the honor of knowing her since I was 16 and she was like a sister to me. We were family. She brought me so much happiness and I will forever remember all our fun times, her beauty and kindness. Faye was so mild mannered and never said a mean word about anyone. We know you are with your beloved Jim now and for eternity. I love you and will miss you so very much. My heart is broken.


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