May 9, 2012 at 2:00pm

Memorial for Betty Condon Freeman ’43

Betty Condon Freeman, 90, of Manhattan Beach, CA, passed away on April 25, 2012.

Betty Condon Freeman was born on July 16, 1921, in Decatur, Illinois, daughter of Marie (Greene) and Edward Condon. She attended Millikin University and worked at the Decatur Herald and Review. She married James Freeman on April 14, 1941. During a severe ice storm in Illinois, Betty typed up resumes for Jim and sent them to companies based in warm climates. In 1959, with an offer from Airesearch, they packed up the station wagon and moved to Phoenix. Rearing four children (she was a self-described "creator of personalities") and volunteering filled her life.

Betty loved all that Phoenix had to offer and was soon a Phoenix Art Museum docent and active with Friends of Mexican Art and Stagebrush Theatre. During this time, she met many noted artists with whom she maintained wonderful friendships. Her love of art led to a love of travel. Betty and Jim spent many years in retirement traveling the world, including a big family trip to their favorite place, Great Britain. After Jim'€™s passing in 1994, Betty continued traveling with her children and grandchildren to Italy, France, Switzerland and China (for her 80th!). She and Jim also shared a love of golf and played regularly at Valley Country Club and Rolling Hills. Making two holes-in-one was a highlight! Always one to look for the best in life, she brought much joy and plenty of "Bettyisms" that we will forever cherish.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Jim Freeman, son, Jim Freeman, and grandson, David Williams. She is survived by daughters, Patricia Mack of Manhattan Beach, CA, Mary (Mike) Zimmerman of Chandler, and Kitty (Dan) Courtney of Scottsdale; grandchildren, Ted Williams of Chico, CA, Scott (Amy) Zimmerman of Houston, TX, Christine Zimmerman, Corinne (Avi) Shtayer and Kathryn (Chris) Glasgow, all of Phoenix; and five great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any contributions to the Arts.

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