Lillie Plowman Freese

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April 21, 1926 ~ March 26, 2011

Lillie Plowman Freese passed away at home with her children and husband at her bedside, on March 26, 2011. She left this life from the Pomeroy Farm, where she grew up and had lived much of her life. She was 84.
Lillie was born to Charlie and Angelina Plowman on April 21, 1926 in Vancouver and married Leonard Freese on June 14, 1949.
She was a lifelong educator, teaching and counseling in the Vancouver School District for over 30 years.
With her husband she was also the founder and owner of the Pomeroy House Gift Shop where British foods, china, and other imported giftware were available for purchase for over thirty years. The business had been inspired when she had lived in England on two different occasions when her husband was working there.
Lillie was extremely active in a number of organizations including: American Field Service, American Association of University Women, Yacolt Seniors, Garden Club, Young Life, Odd Fellows and Eastern Star. She served on the Boards of the Lelooska Foundation, Washington State University Home Economics Alumni, Pomeroy Living History Farm, and the Washington State Historic Trust. She was a past president of the Ft Vancouver chapter of the Daughters of the Pioneers. She loved plants, gardening, travelling and history.
Lillie is survived by her husband Leonard, at home; children, Leonard Freese Jr (Cheryl), daughter Jane Brink (Bob), daughter Martha Todd (Matt); eight grandchildren and 11 great grand- children. She is also survived by her sister Helen Turner (Bill) of Sultan, WA; two nieces Angilee Couey (Lyle), Charlene Thomas (Guy); and three great-nephews, and one great-neice.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, April 1, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Cascades Presbyterian Church, 9503 NE 86th St., Vancouver.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations can be made to the North Clark Community Food Bank, North County Emergency Medical Services, or the Pomeroy Living History Farm Endowment Fund.
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 29, 2011
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