Julie A. Freeman, 52: Always lent a helping hand

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PHIPPSBURG — Julie A. Freeman, 52, died peacefully April 2 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Nov. 17, 1960, in Portland, the daughter of William and Julia Sprague. She moved to Machias with her family in 1977, graduating from Machias Memorial High School in 1979. She loved the ocean, gardening and baking, and was always there to lend a helping hand to others. She also had a great love of the Boston Red Sox and was even able to attend a game last July with her son.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Stephen Freeman, of Phippsburg; daughters Dawn and Jennifer of Machias; son Courtney (Corky), of Dresden; stepchildren Derek and his wife Natasha, of Phippsburg, and Stephanie of Topsham; brothers Buddy, of Monmouth, Tim, of Topsham, David, of Machiasport, and Andy and his wife Kristen, of Millbury, Mass.; sister Beth and her husband Harold, of Bowdoin; mother and father-in-law Madelyn and Donald Freeman, of Phippsburg; brothers-in-law Ernie and wife Margaret, of Phippsburg and Herb, of Bath; grandchildren Hannah, Alyssa, Richard, Skyler and Curtis; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and special friends.

She enjoyed working for many years at Bisson’s Center Store in Phippsburg, where she considered her co-workers part of her family. The family extended a heartfelt “thank you” to Roland and Dianne Bisson for all their help, and to Dr. Tashima and his staff for the excellent care Freeman received.

A graveside service will be held at a later date this spring.

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