Susan H. Freeman, 72, volunteer

Susan H. Freeman
Susan H. Freeman
Posted: January 19, 2014

Susan H. Freeman, 72, of St. Davids, a leader of the Neighborhood League Shops of Wayne, died Saturday, Jan. 11, of lung cancer at her home.

Mrs. Freeman faced the illness with grace, humor, and unending thoughtfulness and attention to those around her, the family said in a tribute.

Working as a volunteer, she was chairman of the board of the Neighborhood League Shops, one of the first consignment shops in the area, from 1997 to 2001. She served as cochair of the shops from 2002 to 2012, when she retired for health reasons.

Under her leadership, the store's display areas were spruced up to attract buyers. "How the store looked was important to her," said daughter Kyle.

Mrs. Freeman formed personal relationships with longtime consignors, which benefited the shop, and had a shrewd eye for valuable donations that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

"It was fun for her, and she was good at it - spotting the treasures from the junk," her daughter said.

Earlier in her career, Mrs. Freeman was a decorating consultant at Horace N. Pryor, a wall coverings and interior decorating business in Wayne.

Born in Taunton, Mass., she was a 1959 graduate of Taunton High School, and also did course work at Rosemont College.

In addition to running a thrift shop, Mrs. Freeman was a devoted wife, friend, and mother.

She was devoted to her son, Jeff, who died at age 40 on Aug. 17, 2007.

Six months after undergoing chemotherapy in 2010, Mrs. Freeman participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's "Out of the Darkness Walk" in Boston. Along with her family, she helped raise more than $20,000.

After Jeff Freeman died, Mrs. Freeman went to his hometown of Bellingham, Wash., to learn more about his life there. Dave Finet, who met her then, called her "caring and genuine."

Besides her daughter, she is survived by her husband of 49 years, Charles T.; sons Charles, Jr. and Kevin; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Martin's Church, 400 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor. Interment is private.

Donations may be made to the Hospice and Home Care Foundation, 240 Radnor-Chester Rd., Suite 100, Radnor, Pa. 19087.


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