MAMOU – A Going Home Celebration will be held at 11:00 AM at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Mamou for Sister Juanita “NeeNee” B. Freeman, 55, who passed away peacefully at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, LA surrounded by her loving family.
Pastor Wallace Bellard, Jr. and Archbishop Allen Celestine, Jr. will be officiating services.
Interment will take place in Zion Travelers Baptist Cemetery.
“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:1-2
On May 19, 2020 as the morning approached God, and God alone drew back the curtain and brought to a close the end of a day for Juanita B. Freeman to be called home.
Juanita B. Freeman was born in Ville Platte, LA on August 18, 1964 to the late Wallace Bellard, Sr. and Theresa Semien Thomas. She accepted Christ at an early age. Juanita B. Freeman made her first communion with St. Joseph Catholic Church. Later in life Juanita decided to transition her religion to Baptist. Where she gave her life to Christ and joined Word of Faith Full Gospel Church. She was baptized on May 21, 1995 under the leadership of Archbishop Allen Celestine, Jr. and served as a faithful member. Juanita loved taking care of her family and working with true faith for the past 12 years. Juanita was a peaceful, loving, humble, and patient person.
Juanita leaves to Cherish her memories her husband of 24 years, David L. Freeman, Sr. of Vidrine; one son, Kendrick Ryan Freeman of Ville Platte; 10 step-kids; her mother, Theresa S. Thomas of Mamou. Juanita also raised and is survived by her younger sister, Carla M. Bellard. She is also survived by her four sisters, Alberta Jack, Jacqueline Jack, and Fredia Wilson (Edwin Wilson) all of Mamou, Jessie Lee Semien (Harold Semien) of Vinton; three brothers, Jamie Bellard (Lisa Bellard), Christopher Bellard, and Wallace Bellard, Jr (Salinda Bellard) all of Mamou. Juanita’s sister in law, Nicole Weekly; step grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; family and friends; and her godchildren, Waylon R. Jack, Brian K. Bellard, and Britnee L. Bellard will all cherish the fond memories they shared.
She is preceded in death by her father, Wallace Bellard, Sr.; one brother, Cedric Lynn Bellard; two sisters, Brenda Gale Gauthier and Marla Beth Semien; and four nephews.
“I Am Always with You”
When I am gone, release me, let me go,
I have so much things to see and do.
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with too many tears,
But be thankful we had so many good years.
I gave you my love, and you can only guess,
How much you’ve given me in happiness.
I thank you for the love that you have shown,
But now it is time I traveled on alone.
So, grieve for me a while, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
That is only for a while that we must part,
So, treasure the memories within your heart.
I won’t be for a life goes on.
And if you listen with your heart,
You’ll hear all my love around you soft and clear.
And them when you come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home”.
The family requests that visitation be observed at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Mamou on Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 9:00 AM until time of service.
Pallbearers are Kendrick Ryan Freeman, Wallace Bellard, Jr., Waylon R. Jack, Jamie Bellard, Brian K. Bellard, and Christopher Bellard.
Honorary Pallbearers are David L. Freeman, Sr., Herbert Alfred, Wallace Bellard, III, Walter J. Jack, David L. Freeman, Jr., and Derrick Bellard.
The family wishes to thank each of you for your prayers, calls, visits, words of comfort, sympathy expressed, thoughts of us during our bereavement of our beloved on, and your expressions of love are deeply appreciated. We pray God’s blessings upon each and everyone one of you. We would also like to thank the staff at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital for the care shown to our dear sister.
Family and friends may view the online obituary and/or leave condolences for the Freeman family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Mamou is in charge of arrangements.