Carol Ann Freeman, daughter of the late Warren Henry and Dorothy Nora (Lybyer) Ragsdale, was born May 16, 1944 in Texas County, Missouri, and departed this life May 23, 2017 in Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri, after a short illness. She was 73 years and 8 days of age.
Carol Ann was raised in the Bendavis community, attended Murr School, and graduated from Houston High School in 1962.
She married Edwin Lowell Freeman on May 30, 1962. Four children were born to this union: Bridget, Mark, Donny, and Darren.
Carol Ann worked as a beautician out of her home for several years. She also worked as deputy assessor at Texas County Courthouse from 1984-1993. In 1993 she became the executive director of Wri-Tex 911. She retired in 2006. At the time of her passing, she was the Texas County 911 Board president.
She was always a homemaker, farmer’s wife, and wonderful mom. She loved to sew, quilt, and cook for her family and friends.
Carol Ann was saved and baptized at a young age. She was a very dedicated and active member of New Rock Springs Church for many years, serving as secretary, clerk, and Sunday school teacher. She loved her church family and cherished being a part of New Rock Springs Church. She also coordinated and hosted both the Freeman and Ragsdale reunions every year and was a member of Gideon’s Women’s Auxiliary of Texas County.
She greatly enjoyed her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend and will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Besides her parents, Carol Ann was preceded in death by a nephew, J.D. Ragsdale.
She is survived by her loving husband of their home, Edwin, and three sons, Mark Freeman and wife Brenda, Donny Freeman and wife Leta, and Darren Freeman and wife Shelley, and one daughter, Bridget Robertson and husband Jerrell, all of Mountain Grove, Missouri; one brother, Larry Ragsdale and wife Peggy of Cabool, Missouri; one sister, Nora Lou Gleason and husband Jim of Phoenix, Arizona; nine grandchildren, Justin, Jessica, Joshua and wife Melissa, Levi and wife Jordyn, Addison, Brandon, Andrea and husband Jason, Rusty and wife Nina, and William; fourteen great-grandchildren; and many other relatives, neighbors, friends, and church family.
Visitation was held Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel. Funeral services were Friday, May 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel with Rev. David Leighty officiating. The song selection was “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone” sung by Janean Miller. Other musical selections were “Where The Roses Never Fade” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Justin Robertson, Josh Freeman, Levi Freeman, Rusty Epperly, William Epperly, and Rusty Fitzenrider served as pallbearers. Brandon Campbell, Kayne Meyer, Jackson Freeman, and Brayden Epperly served as honorary pallbearers. Burial was in Rock Springs Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. The family requested memorial contributions to Rock Springs Cemetery c/o the funeral home.