Reba Freedman, 91, of Atlanta

Reba Freedman, 91, of Atlanta


Reba M. Freedman died peacefully on January 28, 2014. She was born December 5, 1923, in Atlanta, the third of five children of Gertie and Morris Merlin. She married Theodore Freedman in 1946, forming a loving partnership that would take them around the country and the world, including New York City and Rome, two places she especially loved. Reba was an avid student and a life-long learner, who read at least two newspapers daily, staying abreast of current events and the state of the world. As a full-time, devoted, and extremely organized wife and mother, she managed the household while Ted traveled for the ADL and involved herself at Congregation Emanu El and in B’nai B’rith Women. With the four children grown, she began a career and enjoyed the life of a workingwoman, managing an office in New York City. She was a doting grandmother and great grandmother. She will be greatly missed. Reba was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; her son, Theodore M. Freedman; her three brothers, Jerome, Leon, and Arthur Merlin, and one sister-in-law, Sylvia, and her brother-in-law, Harry Silverman. She is survived by her sister, Fay Silverman, and two sisters-in-law, Dottie and Bev Merlin; her children and their spouses: Renee and Larry Stern, Phyllis Freedman and Thomas Glass, and Elise Freedman; her grandchildren and their spouses: Francesca Stern and Brian Eden and Matthew Stern and Robin Gossett; her great grandchildren: Anabelle and Theodore Gossett-Stern; and many devoted nieces and nephews. Grave- side services were held Thurs., Jan. 30, at Emanu El Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the Ted Freedman Endowed Scholarship at the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin or to the Anti-Defamation League.


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