FARMINGTON – Laura Freeman, 47, of Jay, died Friday April 9, shortly after being admitted to Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington, following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

Her family, home health and hospice caregivers from Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, lovingly cared for her in her home for the past month. She was, and her family is, most grateful for the genuine care and support given to them by the Franklin Memorial Hospital staff, Administration and physicians and the St. Rose Parish Family, the Jay School Department and the community at large, all of whom have shown their support through this life transition.

She was born Feb. 20, 1957 in N. Babylon, N.Y., a daughter of Patrick and Eileen (Smith) Genatempo. She graduated from Babylon High School in 1975 and continued her education at the University of NY at Buffalo and Palm Beach Community College where she earned an A.S. in Nursing. She also served in the Army Reserve Medical/Dental Unit. She later continued her education at Central Maine Community College and UMA, furthering her studies in nursing.

On May 30, 1982, she married Alex Freeman at the Fox Hollow Inn in Long Island, N.Y. She was a devoted wife and mother. Her greatest joy came from carin for her family. She was a Girl Scout Leader and dedicated herself to making her home a comforting haven for all who entered.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking (particularly homemade breads) and her artistic talent is seen through her craftwork, stained glass, painting and home decor. She collected antiques, Hummel Christmas bells and Vaillancourt handpainted primitive Santas.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Alex; a son, Scott Patrick Freeman; a daughter, Chelsea Lynn Freeman, all of Jay; a sister, Maureen LoCascio and husband, Andrew of Boynton Beach, Fla.; an aunt, Philomena Genatempo of Blue Pt., N.Y. and her mother-in-law, Etta Freeman of Lake Placid, Fla.

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