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Joyce Arlene Thomas

Joyce Arlene (Freeman) Thomas, age 63, of French Lick, Indiana entered into eternal rest on August 6th, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.

She was born on April 26th, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 12th child of Clarence S. and Edith (Galloway) Freeman.

She was preceded in death by (1) Son in infancy, parents, (2) Brothers – Clair and Ronald Freeman and (1) Sister –Leatha Freeman.

Joyce was a graduate of the Springs Valley High School with the Class of 1970 and she was also a member of the Moore’s Ridge United Methodist Church in French Lick, Indiana.

She served her country in the United States Air Force.

She is survived by:

(1) Son Joseph Williams (Liz Reed) Austin, Indiana

(10) Brothers Merrill Freeman Cheyenne, Wyoming
Gary Freeman Drexel, Missouri
Walter Freeman West Baden Springs, Indiana
Gerald Freeman Carroll, Ohio
Harold Freeman French Lick, Indiana
Russell Freeman Crawfordsville, Indiana
Elvin Freeman French Lick, Indiana
Michael Freeman Paoli, Indiana
Randy Freeman Paoli, Indiana
Rudy Freeman French Lick, Indiana

(3) Sisters Viletta Harrah Brownsburg, Indiana
Zoe Nelson French Lick, Indiana
Jean Seybold French Lick, Indiana

(3) Grandchildren Several Nieces and Nephews

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 13th, 2015 at 3:00 PM at the Moore’s Ridge United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the Moore’s Ridge United Methodist Church.

Rev. Rodney Sheldon will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Moore’s Ridge United Methodist Church, 5906 W County Rd 375 S, French Lick, IN 47432

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, 9640 W. State Rd. 56, French Lick, Indiana. 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website – www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com.

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Aunt Arlene I will miss you. You will always be part of me.

Alissa Boykin Aug 17 2015 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to the entire family on Smokey's passing.  We will miss seeing her on the daily walks she took.  We hope your grief passes soon and you are left with the wonderful warm memories of your sister, mother, friend et al.

Mark & Peggy Aug 13 2015 12:00 AM

so sorry for your loss, I'm so glad Arlene came to our last class reunion.
we will miss her

Nick Burton Aug 13 2015 12:00 AM

Words cannot say how I felt when I heard my old friend Smokey passed away. We were classmates and friends. Tried to get in touch with her a few weeks back, but never connected up with her. We had some great times together and I will sure miss her. My sincere sympathy goes out to her son and all of her family and wish a speedy recovery for Zoe. My God Bless all of her family. I am sure God has her in his loving arms now.

Cheryl Crecelius Pieper Aug 12 2015 12:00 AM

Of all the blessings you brought into the lives of so many who were lost, you shared your cherished experience, provided a hand in fellowship for immeasurable strength, and gave tremendous hope to all who passed your way. I am one who will be eternally grateful that you touched my life 26 years ago. It was a privilege and an honor to have watched you touch so many others with compassion and grace...a woman of God-given dignity. May God bless your family and hold Joey close. You are in my prayers.

Mandy Aug 12 2015 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss.  I met Joyce just a few weeks ago when I started attending church at Moore's Ridge.  She was very kind to me and I will miss her too.

Mona Sailer Aug 12 2015 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace "Smokey".  To a dear old friend, who I graduated with in 1970 and also with to Church with at Sulphur Creek Church.  As a matter of fact it was and her sisters who encouraged me and my sister to go to Church there with them.  I have very fond memories of Smokey and her family.  Smokey was a great and gentle person. always had a great smile.  My condolences to all the family and I know she will be missed.

Roanna Thacker Tower Aug 11 2015 12:00 AM

R.I.P. Aunt Arlene.  I am reminded that life is precious and tomorrow is not guaranteed.  Make sure the people in your life know that they are treasured.  You will be missed.

Julie Harrah Aug 10 2015 12:00 AM

My thoughts & prayers are with each & everyone of you at this difficult time.

CYNDA POTTS Aug 10 2015 12:00 AM

We are very sorry to hear of Smokey's passing, she was a good gentle soul.  she graduated with my brother Jerry Apple, my daughter used to work with her at Agans, i graduated with Leatha, and i attend church with Zoe.   Even as a child our bus route sometimes included the Freeman household.  Please know we are keeping family in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Karen & Randy Emmons Aug 10 2015 12:00 AM

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