Rachel Dawn Freeman

04/13/2002 - 02/03/2020

Obituary For Rachel Dawn Freeman

Rachel Dawn Freeman, was born April 13, 2002 in Edmond, OK to Michael & Jody (Dushaw) Freeman, and passed away February 3, 2020 at the age of 17.

Rachel was called to salvation in December, 2009, and was baptized a few months later. She was a member of Graceway Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK.

Rachel began her education by being home-schooled. As a freshman she attended Community Christian School in Norman, OK, and transferred to Moore High School as a sophomore. Rachel loved life and loved people. She thrived on connecting with others. She always had a smile and was always encouraging others. She was very athletic. For several years she studied Tae Kwon Do, and competed on the tournament team of KICS Karate Academy. She won at least one trophy at almost every tournament in which she competed, and a couple years was ranked as one of the top three competitors in the state in her division. She worked hard and eventually earned her 2nd-degree Brown Belt.

While learning Tae Kwon Do, she developed a love for running, that she pursued the rest of her life. She routinely ran 5K races and ran on the Cross Country team while at both Community Christian School and Moore High School. She was focused , determined, and couldn’t be held down. When she was recovering from a stress fracture, which required wearing a boot and allowing her leg to heal, she would sometimes sneak off and go for a jog, leaving her boot behind! She had signed a Letter of Intent to attend Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR, on an athletic and academic scholarship. She was looking forward to running on the Cross Country team there.

Visitation will be held from 6-9pm, Monday, February 10th at the John M. Ireland Funeral Home, 120 S. Broadway, Moore. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at First Moore Baptist Church, located at 301 NE 27th Street, in Moore, OK, with interment to follow at the Moore Cemetery, Moore, OK. Services are in care of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel, in Moore, OK.

Rachel is survived by her parents Michael and Jody Freeman of Moore, OK, brother Daniel Freeman of Moore, paternal grandmother Carol Freeman of Bridgeport, IL, and maternal grandfather Dennis Dushaw Sr. of Lincoln, NE. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather LeRoy Freeman of Bridgeport, IL, and maternal grandmother Barbara Dushaw of Lincoln, NE.

Rachel is also survived by her Uncle Chip and Aunt Holly Romjue of Lincoln NE, and cousin Trevor, his wife Amanda, and child Gunner, and cousins Madison and Brooke Romjue; her Uncle Dennis Dushaw Jr. of North Platte, NE; her Uncle Tim and Aunt Tiina Freeman of Edmonds, WA, and cousins Tiia and Tanelli Freeman; her Aunt Lorre Freeman of Moore, OK, cousin Brittany Freeman and her children Liam, Vera, Benjamin, and Theodore and cousins, Heaven, Randy and Lance; her Uncle David and Aunt Samantha Freeman of Evansville, IN, and cousins Ashlyn and Landon Freeman; her Uncle Buck and Aunt Shannon Weiss of Hixson, TN and cousins Kenley, Whitley, and Wilder Weiss.

Rachel loved children, and working with children. Therefore, the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory be made to the Hope Pregnancy Center of South OKC, 1624 SW 82nd, Oklahoma City, OK, 73159, or online (select the Hope Center and "Memorial Gift") at: https://www.obhc.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/honor-memorial/

Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel, Moore, OK.

Guest Book

I am so sorry for your loss. Rachel was an amazing person. I may not have gotten to know her as well as I had liked but she was someone who made my days at Heyday go by quicker and more pleasantly. I helped train Rachel as a Server Assistant and I saw that she was a very remarkable and extraordinary girl. She was a light at work when I was struggling. She and I would check on each other at work constantly to make sure we were okay there and okay in other aspects of life. I pray for your family and everyone who was blessed for her presence. And as I struggle to comprehend what happens, I know that she home, her true home with God.

- Tess Danner

No words can express how much Rachel meant to my family. She was a joy to be around. Her, Syd and Bre laughing into the night over various things, shopping and taking pictures. Watching the girls interact with each with Sara always not to far behind them. She brought smiles as I learned to shop for food for her to make sure she always could and would eat at my house. Getting to know her mother as we navigated track and XC seasons on our many adventures me as the “photographer”. Rachel was such a blessing to be around always with a full smile and never a dull moment. I will cherish the memories of Rachel that I have.

- Michelle Casteel Drews

We are very very sorry to hear the loss of Rachel. May you find comfort in each other and the precious memories you hold dear. Thoughts and prayers from some friends your mother had in Lincoln, Nebraska...Don and Sandee Rosha...

- Sandee Rosha

Rachel was a great Tae Kwon Do student. It was so inspiring to see someone at that age so eager to learn and willing to work hard towards a goal. She never complained about the drills and certainly not the sparring. I will never forget her working out with our group at bootcamp. She had a level of energy and drive that affected those around her. She was a gifted athlete that made us all push harder just to keep up with her. Our prayers go out to your family Michael, Jody and, Daniel.

- David Stone

The first time I sparred with Rachel. She was gracious and respectful eventhough I was older but then she thoroughly kicked my butt.

- Danna Hilburn

That SMILE! All the years of knowing sweet Rachel the one thing that stands out is that big smile, her upbeat personality, and her big heart. There are so many birthday parties, children's camp, nursery, Awana, and school memories. (Too many to isolate just one) What sticks in my mind is her smile and her hugs. I'm thankful that I got to see her at school often and say, "hi" and watch her walking the halls with her friends just smiling. I do not have one memory of that child without that smile. We are praying! We are mourning for us, for you and all of her friends. But, we are also rejoicing because she is with her Savior and she lives on in the memories she left with all of us. She let her light shine, she glorified God. She is still changing lives. She is drawing people to her Lord. What a beautiful legacy!

- Shari Douglass

Rachel was the youth member you wished you had 20 of.... she was joyful, a friend, an encourager, and could light up any room. I loved my time being her teacher. We made a connection almost instantly that lead fo friendship. I have so missed her this past year or so and reached out to her when I could to let her know how much she was loved. I’m so thankful for time I was able to spend with Rachel.... when molly was little I can still hear Rachel says “Hey Sister!!” and reach to give her a hug ❤️ She was a special girl for for sure and has always had my heart!! ❤️

- Jenny Queen

I only knew Rachel for a short amount of time in connection with KICS, but I am glad I got to know her. She was the only student who showed up to help me teach a self-defense class at the library with the Whites. She worked hard to help the adults learn what we were teaching and loved exampling what was taught. She wanted them to know the material before they left because she cared about them. I enjoyed working with her at bootcamp and after class. She was always so attentive and really willing to hear what I said. I loved seeing everything you shared after she stopped classes. Her smile will always stick with me.

- Stacey Lozano

At Falls Creek a group of us would always go get coffee late at night and it would always make Rachel so hyper, but it was like a thing for all of us, and when we got back from Falls Creek me and Rachel went to brick town but we got so hot being down there so we ran through the. Sprinklers. She was the person to cheer everyone up, she was just always so happy and cheerful.

- Lorali Robinson

Rachel was my youth leader for my preschool class of VBS for multiple years. I could always count on her sweet words and encouragement to the preschoolers as they got adjusted to the room. She asked every year to teach a lesson during the week and she’d nail it every time. During set up she came up with great ideas for the decorations and it was always fun spending the week getting to know her more. I loved watching her teach and sing, she truly enjoyed it. It was a blessing to know her and it will be a blessing to be able to tell others about her legacy now.

- Shelby Crim Krause

At Fallscreek last year, almost every night Rachel and I and a couple of other people would go to get coffee together at the Westend cafe. It was a short walk from our cabin so it was easy to get to later in the night when everyone was starting to go back to their cabins. I’m not going to name everyone in the group but we all just thought she was a light. A bright light that just made you love her personality and smile. I didn’t know her long nor did i have classes with her this year but I’ll never forget Fallscreek with her. This year it just won’t be the same.

- Destiny Essary

When you were a baby I used to babysit you ,at Graceway Baptist church nursery ,while your parents attended church. . Although I haven’t seen you over the years the one memory I had of you is that you were the sweetest, happiest baby ever! One time your Mom brought you in to the nursery and she forgot to tell me that you had already eaten so, I found baby food in your baby bag and fed it to you. When your Mom picked you up she noticed that the food was missing. I said Oh, I Thought she hadn’t eaten yet. She said I just fed her before we came. We both got a big laugh out of that. Dear Rachel what a great blessing you were to this world, it’s so hard to understand why God took you at such and early age. My prayers of comfort to your family! Rena Rogers

- rena rogers

My continued prayers are with your family! Our daughters ran Cross Country and Track together. I got to know Rachel when she and Lauren would do ice baths in our pool (fall and winter) and the many times she came the night before meets to eat pasta. I watched as she would make her friends laugh, showed kindness and compassion, and her smile would light up the room. Rachel is still impacting lives even in her death for the kingdom of God.

- Shalene Hutcheson

Jody, we are praying for you and your family. You always spoke so highly of Rachel when we worked together. Our church family and people across the nation are praying for you all! Liz Ellis Child Nutrition family

- Elizabeth Ellis

My condolences!! Our daughters ran together. I know my Kaitlyn “Katie Byrd” has many memories with Rachel. I was blessed to see Rachel compete in the meets. She was always smiling and a positive influence on others. I am lost for words, just know we are praying for comfort and healing during this time.

- Audie Ranae Crick-Stanley