Wyoma "Dee" Freeman

Born: Sat., Mar. 7, 2020
Died: Fri., Mar. 6, 2020

Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Fri., Mar. 13, 2020
Location: Augusta Community Church

Graveside Service

3:45 PM Fri., Mar. 13, 2020
Location: Augusta Cemetery


3:45 PM Fri., Mar. 13, 2020
Location: Augusta Youth Center

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Wyoma Dee Freeman, 89, of Augusta, passed away March 6, 2020 in Choteau, Montana.  Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home and a Celebration of Life will take place Friday, March 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm at the Augusta Community Church with interment to follow at Augusta Cemetery.
Wyoma was born in Hastings, Nebraska on August 24, 1930.  She was the daughter of Clyde and Mildred Preston.   At the age of two she lost her mom, leaving her dad to raise her brother, sister and her.  The move to Montana, a few years later not only brought a new home on a small farm near Sun River but also a new mom, Winona.  As a cattle and horse buyer, her dad often left her with the chores.  He knew he could depend on “Dee” to do what needed to be done.  She attended school in Sun River through fourth grade.
Another ranch was purchased at Riebling, Montana between Augusta and Simms; meaning Dee now attended school in Augusta until her sophomore year of high school was completed.  During these years she learned how to work and run a ranch as well as complete the education in the classroom.  She attended her last two years of high school at Great Falls High graduating in 1948.  Her responsibility for the ranch on the Sun River didn’t stop even though she was in school, as her dad often had her spending time on the ranch whenever possible.
Working in Great Falls for an insurance adjuster, she met David D. Freeman who was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base, and on June 20, 1949 they were married, beginning seventy years of an unwavering partnership.  Following a brief time in Connecticut where Dave was raised, Dee’s dad asked them to come back home and run the ranch.  Their older son, Dan was born in December of 1950 followed by Doug in April of 1953.  Dee taught Dave so much about ranch life in these early years.  The hard work included working the land and feeding the cattle with a team of horses.  Modernization was encouraged by Dave and soon a tractor and bailer took over the horse-drawn rake and over-shot, loose hay stacker.  Dee met modernization with the same determination she met everything in life.  She learned how to use the equipment as well as she managed the livestock and was as equally skilled in the house with cooking and sewing as she was outside with fencing, haying and working cattle.  Dee was a true pioneer woman who loved the land and the ranching lifestyle.
The summer place was ten miles south of the home place on the Sun River; trailing cattle between the two places was always a high point for Dee.  She was so good on a horse along with sorting and counting cattle.  Dee and Dave lived in the same house on the home place for sixty-seven years.  This was one of the oldest homes in the valley, built in 1872.  In 1988 they retired from the ranch, but the partnership continued with buying cattle, mostly bulls for the Broken O and others for the next twenty years.  Winters were spent in Arizona.
Dee Freeman is survived by her husband, Dave; sons Dan(Tina) and Doug(Nyleen); five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; three half-sisters, Janet, Pat and Bunny; and a whole herd of nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Speed; her sister, June and her half-sister, Marilyn.
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JP Flood & Jane Lawther
   Posted Mon March 09, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers to a wonderful family. Dee was a very dear person and will be missed.

Diane Boley
   Posted Mon March 09, 2020
Doug and Nyleen. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Lauren & Don Hansen
   Posted Mon March 09, 2020
We send our sincere Sympathy to Dan, Tina and family. Dee was a real ranch lady and a sincere friend to all.

Our prayers are with you all.

Lauren and Don

Linda Wadman
   Posted Tue March 10, 2020
Doug and family,

So sorry for your loss. Take care and treasure your memories of your mom.
Bill and Linda Wadman

John L Bink
   Posted Tue March 10, 2020
Dave, Dan and Family,
Sorry to read of Dee's passing and wish to extend our sincerest sympathy's.
John, Gerry and family

Brian Lents
   Posted Tue March 10, 2020
I wish to express my condolences to the entire Freeman family.
I will remember Dee as a very Gracious Lady who will be missed by all who knew her.

Darryl Omsberg
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
Doug & Nyleen,

May treasured memories bring comfort to you and your family.

Darryl Omsberg

Lee Hansen
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
Wanted to send our condolences to Dee’s family. My folks were good friends with Dee & Dave and I always looked forward to seeing them at the next bull sale
Lee & Jeannie Hansen

Darryl Omsberg
   Posted Thu March 12, 2020
May treasured memories bring comfort.

Darryl Omsberg

Frank & Madeline Witt
   Posted Thu March 12, 2020
Dee was truly a remarkable lady & a great friend. We are so sorry we cannot be at her service to help celebrate her life. Our condolences to the family.

Jan Carter
   Posted Fri March 13, 2020
Dan and Tina,
Thinking of you as you say goodbye to this remarkable and hard working woman.

Colleen Freeman
   Posted Mon March 16, 2020
Hi Cousins and Uncle Dave, We are so sorry to hear about Aunt Dee's passing. She was wonderful and we loved and admired her. Her obituary was a perfect reflection of the remarkable woman she was. The world is not as beautiful without her, but so much better because she lived. Much love, prayers and hugs to you all. Colleen

Betty McBratney
   Posted Tue March 17, 2020
Dave and family:
Very fond memories came to mind when I learned of Dee's passing. It brought to mind the fun times the McBratney family had in Dee and Dave's home when we lived in Augusta. She was a gracious lady. My sincere sympathy.
Betty McBratney

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