Obituary Details

Jennifer Kim Freel

February 24, 1967 - April 16, 2017

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Monday, April 24, 2017
Time:
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Funeral

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Monday, April 24, 2017
Service Time:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Cemetery

Location:
Historic Oakwood Cemetery
Date:
Monday, April 24, 2017
Time:
Immediately Following Service

Notes

Jennifer Kim Garman Freel, 50, passed away unexpectedly, on Easter morning, in Raleigh NC. Until her death, she enjoyed a wonderful life with her family. A funeral service will be held for her at: Renaissance Funeral Home located at 7615 Six Forks Road, Raleigh NC 27615 on Monday, April 24, 2017. Visitation with the family will be from 11:00am-1:00pm, and the memorial service will be from 1:00-2:00pm and traveling at 2:00pm to Historical Oakwood Cemetery, in downtown Raleigh, where she will be laid to rest.

Jennifer was known by all as a kind and gentle soul. Her genuine smile greeted all who met her whether in her home or workplace. Born in Red Cloud, Nebraska on February 24th, 1967 to Mr. Lynn and Edena Garman, she was the youngest of seven children. Her mother and father, as well as, two brothers, Dennis and David Garman preceded her in death. She is survived by: David Freel and her daughter, Riley Jordan Freel, Scott Billenwillms, sisters: Deanna Gardner, Alice Coffelt (Darrel, husband), Sharron Martin (Chris, husband), Cynthia Wade, Susan Fackler (Bernie, husband) and sister-in law, Gloria Schlaefli (Richard, husband).

Jennifer left the farm of her childhood, in 1989, to embark on her life adventure in Raleigh, NC. She first worked for American Airlines, as well as, part-time for 3M where she met her future husband. Jennifer married David R. Freel in September of 1998. Soon they had a beautiful daughter, Riley Jordan Freel, who was born on June 24th, 2001. Riley was Jennifer’s pride and joy. She dedicated her life to providing a loving family, both formal and informal, for her daughter.

Jennifer always possessed strong vision for her life and, in 1993, she enrolled at North Carolina State University graduating pre-med with a BS in Zoology in 1997. Jennifer loved math, science and helping people, and her choice of profession reflected this as she worked as a researcher in clinical trials for several of RTP’s most respected companies. She specialized in conducting Cancer clinical trials.

A talented, athletic, and adventurous woman, Jennifer journeyed through life with love and generosity toward others. She embraced life to the fullest by traveling, hiking, and boating with Scott and Riley,
and expanding her circles of friends at each new workplace. She had a set brunch, once a month, with some of her closest girlfriends. The wellbeing of her daughter was of the utmost importance to Jennifer, and through the years, she carefully surrounded herself and Riley with a cultivated community of friends and family.

Whenever you had the pleasure of sharing a conversation with Jennifer, she was quick to ask about you and your family and share a story about the love of her life, daughter Riley. She loved to help Riley with her studies, especially math and science, and was very proud of Riley’s gifts, talents, and values. She handed down her love of basketball to Riley and enjoyed watching her develop into a very good player. She never missed a game and the opportunity to cheer for her daughter.

One word that best describes Jennifer, in all aspects of her life, is generous. No matter what was needed, Jennifer would make sure it was provided. Her daughter described her as, “always giving gifts of joy.” Her home was open to family, friends, and neighbors. She watched and walked neighbors’ pets, gathered their mail, and lent a caring ear to them whenever she was needed.

Jennifer loved life and was constantly in motion except when she relaxed by ordering in and watching a movie at home. She vacationed at the beach and the mountains, shopped with her daughter, especially loved listening and sharing music with Riley. Her kindhearted nature was evident in her love of animals, especially her dog, Chewy who she enjoyed taking on daily walks.

As she developed her professional career and led her life, Jennifer was driven by her commitment to ensure Riley could enjoy high school and would be able to follow her dreams into university. Always the mother, Jennifer planned with Dave to set the path for Riley to grow, experience life and have the time to focus on learning and becoming her best self. Jennifer gave Riley an incredible role model to follow as she becomes a young woman.

We will miss Jennifer, who brightened our days and warmed our hearts. And with gratitude, all members of the family and village Jennifer built for her daughter will step forward to contribute to what mattered most to Jennifer, the happiness of Riley.

Jennifer’s family invites you to donate to The ALS Association NC Chapter, www.alsnc.org Donations by Mail: 4 N. Blount Street Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27601. Or the ASPCA, spca@spcawake.org of Raleigh in lieu of flowers.
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Amen, Sisters...
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Gran Gipson
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April 25, 2017
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Tim Peterson
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April 24, 2017
Jennifer and I were co-workers at INC Research. She helped me through many hard days. She was my right hand woman. She will be missed. It was a pleasure to be in the presence of her family during today's service. I will miss our extra long work meetings, our long talks about our kids and life and most importantly.. I will miss her gentle nature. 'Til we meet again.
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April 24, 2017
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Susan Lois Fackler
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April 24, 2017
Amen! Love you all!
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Darin Garman
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April 23, 2017
We are sending our prayers and sympathies to family and friends. Aunt Jen, We all cherish your open, kind, loving heart. All the memories of growing up together, from playing on the hay bales, dirt clod fights in the pasture, and chasing Aunt Dea around the farm with snake skins. We celebrate your life, and have faith, because we will see each other again. May the lord keep our family in the hollow of his hands. Love and Faith, Darin, Chrystal, Dariyn, and Dajah Garman
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Susan L Fackler
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Good times with Jenn & Scott!
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I love you lil sis, I will see you again one day!
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Susan L Fackler
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April 21, 2017
I miss you so much Jennifer Kim Caboose!
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Brenda Bergeron
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April 21, 2017
Jennifer and I met in college in 1985. We moved to Colorado and shared an apartment together. I have so many great memories of Jennifer! She was a gentle soul. She will be missed by many.
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April 21, 2017
Jennifer was a welcoming sweet person. Always took time to smile or utter friendly hello in passing. Sometimes all too rare while we work in the fast paced CRO environment. Just thinking about her bringing a delicious cornbread salad makes me smile. We will miss her.
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My thoughts are with you and your family. Cecil Hyatt
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Cynthia A Wade
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April 21, 2017
God Bless our little sister and her family, Riley, Scott and Dave. May she have eternal peace and love. She has it from her family. - Cynthia A. Wade, loving sister
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sharon
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April 20, 2017
Jennifer was a joy and pleasure to work with back in 1999 and 2000. My heart goes out to family and friends; we will forever miss Jennifer's loving smile and generous spirit here on earth but the love she shared will last forever. Kind regards, Sharon W.
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April 19, 2017
I remember Jen as a little baby and toddler. She was sweet and oh so cute. I was not fortunate to know her as an adult but reading about her I know she still was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers for all her family and friends. Pat Eakins Cook, her aunt.
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April 19, 2017
My daughter played basketball with Riley in eighth grade and I often sat with Jennifer in the stands as we cheered on the team. Jennifer was kind, thoughtful, caring, and a great, great mother. I will always cherish the memories we had together.
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April 18, 2017
Jennifer was in my graduating class of 1985 we have had great times together thru the years. Her and Susan even came seen me In Superior NE. I will love and cherish her memories forever. Prayers to family and friends. Jennifer your in my thoughts and prayers for safe journey and I will see you in heaven my friend. I will miss you forever my dear friend. Oh remember the flies we had clean up at Colleens so we could sleep up stairs. I sure do. Rest in peace my dear friend. Sheryl Robison Clyde. God bless.
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Visitation

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Funeral

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Cemetery

Historic Oakwood Cemetery
701 Oakwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27601
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