ARDYCE HOWELL FREEMAN
Ardyce not only taught, she also did the grade school music program. At Christmas, we lined up on risers and sang songs like, "I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas, Mommy and Daddy are mad...." Otherwise, we lined up and sang songs like, "Does your chewing gum lose it's flavor on the bed post every night...."
thoughts by paige freeman rogge
I have been wanting to write you all for a few weeks now on something that is very personal to me. I realize it is very lengthy, but I felt the need to share. And yes, I know it is almost 3am - this has taken me over 3 hours to write! I only wrote this in hopes to help someone who is struggling, just as I was.
january 2015 tributes
This picture was taken circa 1941 or 1942 at District 51, Allison school. The teacher is Mabel Welch (Miller) Pupils l-r Emil Kozak, Robert Blecha, Marjorie Epely, Ronald Blecha and Ardyce Howell. I remember singing many a duet with Ardyce. Rest in Peace dear friend and class mate.
Ardyce was truly a CLASS ACT , she laid the first building blocks to the foundations of who we all are today. She will be missed.
Terri jo vrtiska
Ardyce Freeman was "my remarkable kindergarten teacher. I was part of her first 10-student class in 1966-1967. Such a wonderful woman who helped so many children make an easy transition on what was often the first day away from their parents. I will always cherish memories of her easy smile, enthusiasm, creativity, kindness and beautiful voice. Thank you Mrs. Freeman, we will miss you - you will never be forgotten."
She was such an inspiration as a teacher and I remember very vividly all the Christmas programs she conducted and the outfits she made us wear Ha Ha. It was a treat to be a student of Mrs Freeman (Ardyce). She made such an impact on young children's lives. My condolences, she will be missed by many.....
"Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives....... D. Rather "
Ardyce not only gave us an education but taught us love, generosity, good manners and sometimes poked us with a sharp stick called "truth".
Ardyce, you will be missed by all those whose lives you touched and ears you pulled.
Sput Moser Turnbull
Ardyce and I laughed more than once about the ear pulling...perhaps one of the Beckman boys in particular. Does anyone remember? I think he told her that one ears hangs lower than the other.
I think it's safe to say, if you ever met Ardyce, you will remember her...with very warm thoughts.
And MUSIC....oh how she loved music. and her children and her daughters in law...and her grandchildren. We spent a lot of time together the last five years. I wish I could/would have recorded some of the stories. SHE WILL BE MISSED.
She was a wonderful person with a great big heart. Mrs. Freeman has touched many hearts.
Myself and both of my boys were blessed to have her as our kindergarten teacher.
Thank you Mrs. Freeman for so many memories that you are part of.
Yes we will remember you always Mrs Freeman! You touched so many of us, getting us ready for life beginning with Kindergarten and continuing to teach us about goodness always. We will miss you and think of you with warm thoughts always.
For the Dick and Jane books, the trips to farms all 12 of us in your car! The over abundance of children books in your library that stuck every which way in a orderly manner.
For the "Squeeky the Mouse" " Phonics the Elf", and all the sock puppets,
The plaster birthday cake, the CLOSET that was overfilled with all kinds of educational goodies (and time out!)... Boys knew that closet the most!
The music programs!! Oh the music programs.... here comes Susie snowflake and handmade costumes!
The recess bell, the piano, the naps,
Thank you, Mrs. Freeman, for all of my sweet memories! God bless you.
Your kindergarten student
Dan Rowlison -
One of my earliest memories was at the dedication of the (then new) Senior Center in Table Rock. The speaker for the dedication was late ... TWO HOURS LATE!!!!!!!!!
Ardyce sat down at the piano and began to play and sing hymns, songs, literally anything and everything that the senior citizens requested.
They had a great time and were disappointed when it ended (the speaker finally showed up.) I don't think the speaker felt very appreciated but he had no idea what he had interrupted!
She touched many lives
She was a wonderful lady and shared a couple of things with me a couple of months ago that meant so much to me. Forever in our hearts.
She was a dear lady who has touched so many youngsters (old and young) in her life.
Katie Mezger Dietz
Ardyce "was an amazing woman that I learned so much from. She always had a smile and was excited to see you!"
Jody tomek jorgensen
I think so many of us have fond memories of Ardyce. What a heart, full of love.
She was an amazing woman and we loved having her as a neighbor, babysitter, and just an wonderful soul to know all those years.
She was such a special woman and a gramma and teacher to us all! She will be greatly missed.
Ardyce sang at both of my Grandparents funerals and many other friends and family. She will be missed and you have gained a Beautiful Guardian Angel to watch over all your families.
I will always have fond memories of her playing the piano at church when I was little and as my Kindergarten teacher. Believe it or not, I can remember sitting in her classroom singing songs!
Tribute From Paige Freeman
Granddaughter Paige Freeman set down a tribute on her Facebook page.
I imagine what every day in Heaven is like, but today, I imagine it to be even more beautiful than ever before. This morning, Heaven gained one of the most genuine souls I've ever had the chance to share my 20 years of life with - my Grandma Ardyce. My heart breaks knowing I won't ever hear a "I love you too, sweetie!" or a "Hi, petunia!" from her again but I am comforted knowing that her cancer is gone and she is right where she has wanted to be since Grandpa Rob has left.
Grandma had always told me that she loved what I wrote for Grandpa after he passed away. I knew I couldn't let her down so I wrote this one for her. I hope to be able to read this at her funeral - she said that was something she would want.
This morning, you spread your wings to fly. Jesus and Grandpa Rob welcomed you as they met you in the sky.
You knew right where you were once you saw those two. Jesus spoke to you and said, "Welcome, Ardyce. We are so glad to finally have you."
They both held your hand as you walked into Heaven's gate. Once you made it in, they lead you to such a special place. A place that you had remembered and thought you knew so well.
This place looked just like a school house, dressed in sparkling gold. Jesus said, "Ardyce, I told Rob that Heaven needed another kindergarten teacher so he lead me straight to you!"
He continued, "We needed someone who would teach the kids with passion and be able to play a piano tune. Your singing sounded so beautiful on earth - Great! We have another singer, too! Your life on earth has ended, Ardyce, and now you will start brand new. The life you've always looked forward to - spending it forever with Me, Rob, and My Father, too."
Grandpa said, "Let me show you around, Ardyce, I've been just about everywhere by now. Now, we are together again. We are home, forever - safe and sound."
I know now that Heaven has two of the most beautiful souls together again - making it an even better place. But what I know for sure is that there won't ever be two people like you here on earth, who could ever take your place.
I love and will miss you so much, Grandma Ardyce, but I know you will be okay. I will see you when you welcome me into Heaven with Grandpa and Jesus, someday.
Paige's post is at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153506259906632&set=a.232342751631.179283.625951631&&theater
She was an unforgettable person.
One of my favorite teachers when I first moved back to Nebraska :'-( may she RIP
Ginny Kent Christiansen
Lots of great memories she gave us all.
Ardyce Freeman was one of the most encouraging, uplifting people I've ever known, she taught people to be better she corrected them gently when it was needed. She was always smiling.. there are countless people that are better because of her and she will be missed by many many people
Ardyce on the Volleyball team