Paula Freeman

Paula Joy Freeman (Gledhill)

Friday, June 14th, 1963 - Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
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Paula Joy Freeman (Gledhill) went to join her Lord and Savior on March 24, 2020. For all that knew her, Paula had a unique ability to connect with people. She was diligent about staying connected, which is why she will be sorely missed.

Paula was born in Cardiff, Wales on June 14,1963. She graduated from Marshfield Senior High in 1981, then had a long successful career for Greene County.

In February of 1985 she was given her first son Eric and her second, Christian, in June of 1993. On September 8, 2007 her little family become whole when she married her love, Jeff Freeman, giving her another son and daughter, Zakk and Allee.

Paula's life is continued through her husband Jeff Freeman and kids Eric Diggs (Lora Diggs), Christian Diggs (Sonja Doring), Zakk Freeman and Allee Freeman. She is also continued by her two grandchildren that she adores Gabriella and Xavier.

She is also survived by her dad Rex Winter (Louise Winter), and her sister Laura Cooke (Malcolm Cooke), and her fur baby Oreo. Paula served as a loving role model and friend to many nieces and nephews, as well as numerous other family and friends.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence Gledhill and Christine Winter. As well as her brother in law Tony Freeman.

A private family only service will take place on the 30th, we will be in contact later in regards to a celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers, Paula's family has requested donations to Rescue 1 and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

We will always be thankful for the immense care given by Mercy medical staff.

We will carry your love and memory with us, until we see you again.

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  • Funeral Service

    Monday, March 30th, 2020 |
    Monday, March 30th, 2020
    Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home
    500 E. Walnut Street
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    Kevin Short
  • Interment

    Monday, March 30th, 2020 |
    Monday, March 30th, 2020
    Mount Pisgah Cemetery
    7171 J Road
    Strafford, Missouri 65757
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Posted at 08:48am
My deepest sympathy to the family - my heart aches for you. I first met Paula a little over three years ago when I joined her team at Greene County. I remember the day I met her for my first interview and felt we had a good connection. Since there were 20 applicants, I was called in for a second interview and then hired on. Over the past few years, Paula and I had worked very closely on a variety of projects the biggest - the recent completion of our department in the new Operations Center. I took note of Paula's caring and love for others. She was part mom, part sister, part best friend. She was selfless and had a servants heart. She always placed the needs of others before her own and never complained. She was beautiful inside and out and radiated kindness. We are a close-knit group in General Services, so we operate more like a big family. There will be a large void left in this world with her passing. I'm going to miss our lunches together, our walks through midtown at noon, hearing about her family (whom she loved so very much), hearing how Oreo (her fur baby) kept her up all night when it was storming, raiding her candy dish in her office, laughing over some inappropriate statement, and most of all her smiling face. I know I'm a better person for knowing Paula and I'll never forget her. Her family should rest in knowing how many lives she touched and how much she was loved.

Laura Cooke

Posted at 04:05am
Ten days before my 14th birthday, I received a gift from my parents. At the time, I think I realised that this would change my life but I didn’t immediately appreciate what a valuable gift I’d received when my beautiful sister was born. I do now! That gift has never given me anything but love, joy and happiness - appropriate really as her name was Paula Joy.
We loved to spend time together when she was little but forty nine years ago this week, our happiness was shattered by the death of our lovely Dad, Larry Gledhill. This changed both our lives for ever, but as a seven year old it was particularly devastating for Paula. As adults, I think we failed to adequately prepare her for what could happen and she told me later that she expected our Dad to come home from hospital.
Later, when Paula was 13, our mum, Joy, fell in love with Rex and they moved to Missouri where life was incredibly different from anything she’d ever known - it certainly bore no resemblance to the image she had of life in America which was based on TV series like Starskey and Hutch! It’s true say that Paula missed her family here immensely and was very unhappy until Shannon came along to “rescue” her, and that relationship is even stronger today than it ever was. Truth be told I think they were as bad as each other and both led the other astray in those days!
In those days before the internet and social media it wasn’t so easy to stay in touch, but there was “snail mail” and I still have the letters and photos she sent me. Both our lives moved on, she became a wife and mother with a full time job and it was difficult for both of us to devote the time to keeping in touch directly, although Joy would give me the news about their lives.
And then, in 2000, a couple of months before Joy passed away, Malcolm and I were able to visit the family in Missouri and there was a cosmic shift again in our relationship. From the first moment we saw each other and identified that we were wearing the same nail polish, we were re-unified! It was incredible! Joy died shortly afterwards and we clung to each other, as we became “orphans”. Despite being raised apart, we had so much more in common than nail polish!
By then of course it was much easier to stay in touch, and I think we’ve managed to spend time together nearly every year since then, sometimes in Missouri or Wales, or on holiday in Florida or Mexico. This year we were going to meet up in Canada until coronavirus changed everything so, as recently as Sunday, we discussed the possibility of Jeff and Paula coming to the UK later in the year. It was a blessing that, despite the age gap, Jeff and Malcolm get on like the proverbial house on fire so we have had some wonderful times. For us, meeting up with Jeff and Paula was the highlight of our years.
During the last 20 years we have become incredibly close and cherished each moment we had together. We’d laugh and chat together on Messenger for literally hours, catching up with family news and sharing memories and interests. Facebook was a lifeline over the years, keeping us connected with messages and photos - not only us, but she connected our families in the US, in Wales and across the world.
Malcolm and I feel blessed and privileged to have Paula in our lives as our sister. I don’t need to explain why, because everyone will know she was a wonderful and exceptional woman and you’ll share those emotions - the messages of condolence reflect the universal love and affection that are felt by every individual she came into contact with. Paula was undoubtedly the best of the best, whose grace and love will be with us forever. She was hugely supportive of organ donation and with her typical generosity, her organs have been offered for harvest so she will live on by providing life to others.

Her loss is felt by family and friends across the world and we will be lighting candles to say “Goodnight cariad” (“darling”)

As the plaque she sent me says, “I smile because you are my sister, I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it” - we laughed and smiled so much when we were together.

These are uncertain and difficult times so please look after each other and keep each other strong. Malcolm and I will be holding you in our thoughts and prayers.

Christine Lambert Posted at 03:08pm

Beautiful funeral service! I listened to the audio.

Susie wilkerson

Posted at 01:18am
RIP my beautiful friend. 😢❤️

Christine and Grant Lambert

Posted at 03:18pm
To my beautiful cousin Paula who gave much to everyone and whose life was too short.
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Laura Cooke Posted at 06:39am

Thank you for your lovely words Chris and Grant, and for the tree dedication. Just over a year ago when we were in Florida, Paula was reading a book about de-forestration in South America while at the same time they were planting trees in North America! We agreed that it made no sense at all! So your wonderful gesture was very close to her heart 😘

Christine Lambert

Posted at 03:12pm
Paula Gledhill is my cousin! I have not seen her in person since she left to live in America with her mum, Aunty Joy to join Rex.
I have fond memories of when my sisters and I as young teenagers went to stay with Aunty Joy and Paula in Rhiwbina. We played endlessly doing handstands in the stairs and made up many games. A few years later, I came to live in New Zealand and we didn’t manage to coincide our visits to the Welsh Family. I did keep up with Paula’s life via the Welsh family, however when Facebook appeared it opened up the world and I could connect across the miles with my young cousin and see her life unfold there with her beloved family first hand. She was clearly beloved and the centre of her family. Her beautiful grandchildren were the apple of her eye. Although we are all so far apart Paula managed to connect with her family far and wide sharing herself and her family and their adventures and always responded to posts about my family. She is a beautiful person with so much to give. I thought we would one travel to see her However this will not come to pass as she was taken too soon.
kia kaha whanau arohanui (Be strong family, much love)
Christine Lambert

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