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Letitia Freeland

January 20, 1935 — November 17, 2023

Letitia (Letty) Lynne Freeland passed away on November 17, 2023 at the age of 88 years old.

Letty was born January 20, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harry Hofstetter Hiestand and Lela Marie (Myers) Hiestand. She is survived by daughters Lynnette M. Bartlett (Jim) of Bluefield WV and Jaqueline R. Freeland Gibbs (Craig) of Conroe TX and son Jonathan R. Freeland (Hannah) of Kansas City MO, grand-daughters Loren E. Preston (Isaac) of Bluefield WV and Melissa C. Bartlett of Bluefield VA, grandsons Justin Sokol (Nardia) of Upper Lake CA, Jeremy R. Bartlett of Roanoke VA, and Christopher, Gabriel, and Philip Freeland of Kansas City MO, her great-grandchildren Max Freeland-Sokol, Olivia Sokol, Mia Morris, River and Luna Preston, and her sister Carolyn Spiller of Poteau OK, plus many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Roy Lynn Freeland, mother and father, brothers James Terrell, Donald Hiestand, and Harry Hiestand and sister Shirley Speck.

Letty grew up in Kansas City and attended East High School where she and Roy met. They married in 1953 and spent 67 years together. She worked at the VA Hospital both in St. Louis and Kansas City for a total of 40 years. She retired from her job as office manager of the Psychiatric Day Center at the VA at age 75. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association.

Letty loved to read and was known to always be carrying a book around with her. She loved learning and stories. Letty told her children many stories of her years growing up, which they remember to this day. She had a kind and cheerful spirit and liked to talk to people and find out what their stories were. Her children remember her singing as she loved to sing all the old tunes from her childhood and early adulthood. She also liked to listen to all kinds of music with Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash being two of her favorites. Antiquing and finding unusual pieces to make part of her home was a pastime she enjoyed. Letty always wanted to spend as much time as she could with her children and grandchildren. There were never too many family members visiting at one time - more were always welcome. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by all whose lives were touched by her insightful perception, charm, and love.

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