Barbara Sedlmayr Freeman

August 28, 1943 - June 30, 2010
Barbara Sedlmayr Freeman


On June 30, 2010 Barbara Sedlmayr Freeman passed through death into eternal life with the Living God. She ended a valiant fight with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Sedlmayr.

Barbara leaves the following loving family members, husband Eirikur Edward Freeman (Ed), daughter Jean Josephine Melvin, son Eirikur Edward (Erik) Freeman, II, granddaughter Nikki Leigh Lipford, grandson Derik Miles Lipford, great grandson Liam Walter, sister Mechtild Wade, sisters in law Margaret Schools (David) and Libby Simpson (Gary), nieces Miriam Hicks, Sandra Coil, Dawn Oliver, Elizabeth Leggett, Jennifer Simpson, nephews Dallas Schools, Rhett Schools, Brad Simpson and great nephew Ivan Leggett.

Barbara was born in Tutzing, Germany on August 28, 1943. She had a special fondness for Iceland, her husband’s birthplace, and traveled there often with him. She was a member of the Icelandic-American Association of Hampton Roads VA. She attended College Acres Baptist Church.

A memorial service for Barbara will be held at College Acres Baptist Church on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM officiated by the Reverend Andy Ickes.

The family request in lieu of flowers, that a donation may be made to a cancer charity or a charity of your choice in her honor.

The family thanks Dr. John Anagnost and the staff at Hanover Hematology/Oncology for their excellent care during Barbara’s illness, and the staff at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter for their compassionate care.

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  • July 02, 2010
    John Meeds says:
    Eric, Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. If you need anything please call. John

  • July 02, 2010
    Lorraine Yaccarino says:
    Dear Ed, I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and wanted you to know I was thinking of you. Sincerely, Lorraine Yaccarino (CUI 1995)

  • July 02, 2010
    trecia elledge says:
    I read the paper this afternoon and was really shocked to see that Barbara had been sick and i did not know. I read today that she has pass away. Please accept my deepest condoleces to you and Libby and Margaret and her children as well.You take care of yourself. You all have always felt like my family as well. I will keep you on my prayer list and the church also too.

  • July 05, 2010
    Bill & Jean Roesink says:
    Ed, We just got back in town Sat. night after ten days and were so saddened to see about Barbara having passed away. We are also sorry we did not keep in touch better. It was always a pleasure to visit with you both. Barbara was such a sweet lady and will be missed. Our prayers are with you and your family. Bill & Jean Roesink

  • July 24, 2010
    Pat Prosser says:
    Barbara Freeman was my best friend. for the past five years. I was only aware of her because our husbands worked at the same place and our kids went to the same school. ....But in Dec. 2004 and I lost my husband amd my daughter in a 3 month period. And somehow, in those early months, she started walking down to visit me almost every day. Over tea and cookies, we got to know each other and each of us was delighted to find a kindred spirit in a new friend. ....Even in those early days, we talked about everything: history, religion, fashion, travel, politics - and hurricanes. We found we shared a deep love for good books, music, art and animals- AND an impatience with anything phoney. ...She joined my quilt bee and produced two lovely handmade quilts of her own- although she was shy about showing them to anybody. The quilters, of course, fell in love with her, with her flashing smile and her sunny personality. .....In some ways,we were opposites: She liked to throw away anything that was no longer useful, while I would keep things forever in closets and boxes. She was impetuous, I was the procrastinator. She was the mystic, I was the skeptic. But when I recall how lonely and heartsick I was that winter, I have to wonder what brought us together and kept us together while my heart and life were mendng. Barbara was my angel for all those 5 years. I'll never forget her.