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In Memoriam: Molly Freeman (Nov. 30, 1967 – Oct. 17, 2022)

Molly Ann Freeman, 55, of Stayton died Oct. 17, 2022. She was born on Nov. 30, 1967, to D.B. “Swede” and Mary Ann Gulstrom in North Bend. 

Molly was raised in Arago, enjoying time with lots of cousins and her three older brothers, playing on Channel 9 Mountain and attending Camp Fircroft every summer, where a relationship with her future husband, Dean, began to grow. 

The summer of her junior year, she moved to Mapleton with her parents. The next year, her dad’s job change moved them to Stayton, where she graduated from Stayton High School in 1986. 

On Nov. 8, 1986, she married Dean Freeman in Arago. After the wedding, they lived in Stayton, Bandon and Lyons. Together they raised two daughters in the Stayton and Lyons area. 

Molly served as a librarian aide at Lyons Public Library from January 2007 to October 2015. She was a faithful member of Mehama Community Church. The past several years she was unable to attend regularly because of health issues. She loved her cats and had a very boisterous laugh. 

Molly was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband; children, Jessica Ann Freeman and Brianna Rose Freeman; and brothers, the Rev. D. Leonard Gulstrom, Darrell D. Gulstrom, and the Rev. Troy E. Gulstrom. 

A graveside service was held Oct. 21, 2022 at Norway Cemetery. Services were held at Mehama Community Church on Oct. 27, 2022. 

Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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