Obituary: Shirley Freedman

Obituary: Shirley Freedman

Twice widowed, she raised three children, worked at the Merchandise Mart, and was active with ORT.

Shirley Ruth Freedman, 94, of Atlanta passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, from natural causes.

Shirley was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 15, 1923. She pursued a career as a dancer until she met and married Milton Charyn, an Army Air Forces mechanic during the Second World War. Milton tragically died from cancer soon thereafter, and Shirley went on to raise their two children, Terry and Bonnie Charyn, with the help of her mother, Fannie Dreyer, in the Midwood area of Brooklyn during the 1950s.

Shirley met Bernard Freedman during that time and married him in 1957. They moved to Atlanta, where they had a daughter, Pam, now Pam Taylor of Charleston, S.C. The marriage was a happy one, cut short when Bernard passed away of Hodgkin’s disease in 1962. Shirley worked for many years in gift and furniture showrooms in the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. She enjoyed mah-jongg and canasta and was also active in ORT.

Shirley is survived by her children, Terry Freedman and his wife, Ellen, Bonnie Chapman Baker and her husband, Terry, and Pam Taylor and her husband, Pat; grandchildren Matthew, Lee, Remy, Shay, Brittany and Nicholas; and other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Congregation B’nai Torah in Sandy Springs. The family of Shirley Freedman wishes to thank the staff at Budd Terrace at Wesley Woods and Crossroads Hospice for their care and support in her final days and Betty Golden for being a special friend during her last years. Sign the online guestbook at A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Rabbi Hillel Konigsburg of Congregation B’nai Torah will officiate. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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