Suzanne Freeman in 2006 at a LA Winds Concert in December.
Suzanne Freeman
  • 64 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 14, 1947
  • Place of birth:
    Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 11, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    San Simeon, California, United States
"Life is good!"
-Suzanne Freeman

*The Background song on this site is "Wishing Well" composed and performed by Suzanne's son David C. Freeman 


Memorial Service Information - WATCH THE MEMORIAL VIDEO
The memorial service was held on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM
Samulseon Chapel, California Lutheran University
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The Freeman Family would like to send their heartfelt thanks to all those who attended or watched the service. The service was streamed LIVE across the internet. It was also recorded and is available here for those that were unable to attend or watch.  


Suzanne Louise Freeman of Westlake Village, California, died suddenly on August 11, 2011 while riding her motorcycle on the Pacific Coast Highway near San Simeon, California.

She was with her husband and friends at the time of her death. 

She was 64. 

Suzanne was born on July 14, 1947, in Dallas, Texas and married Stephen Freeman in 1971. Suzanne graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in the German language. She was an active member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. 

Suzanne and Stephen moved to Westlake Village, California in 1976. 

Throughout her professional career she worked for Westlake Lutheran Church, Exxon, and for the majority of her career in the Office of the President at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. 

She is survived by her husband, Stephen G. Freeman and children David C. Freeman, of Las Vegas, Nevada and Ashley A. Freeman, of Santa Barbara, California.  In addition Suzanne's sister, Janet Baber, of San Antonio, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Suzanne was a devoted wife of 40 years, a beloved mother, aunt, as well as a friend to many. Her mother, Francis Flick, and father, Jesse Flick, of Dallas, Texas preceded her in death. She was proud of her Texan heritage and never fully lost her endearing southern accent.  

All her life, Suzanne loved tennis, reading, cooking, history, knitting and politics. A world wide traveler, Suzanne spent decades filling her passport with stamps and her heart with memories.  Upon  receiving her motorcycle license in celebration of her fiftieth birthday, Suzanne began her passion of seeing the country via her Harley Davidson Softail motorcycle on trips with her husband, family and friends. She was an experienced rider of over 14 years. 

Suzanne was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church (formally known as Westlake Lutheran Church) and Ascension Lutheran Church.  She touched lives with her positive attitude, devotion to California Lutheran University as well as with her love and generosity toward others.  

Suzanne was loved by her friends and family and lived a full and joyful life. She often said, "Life is good!"  

Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to a scholarship fund set up in Suzanne's name at California Lutheran University. 

California Lutheran University
Attention: Planned Giving
60 W. Olsen Rd. #1675
Thousand Oaks, California 91360 

Please make checks payable to "California Lutheran University".The memo line should read "Suzanne Freeman Memorial Fund" Alternatively, donations to the scholarship may be made via credit card by calling (805) 493-3829 and stating the purpose of your call. You will be directed to an appropriate party. 


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Steve Bennett on 11th August 2016

"Suz... you know I always think of you and miss you always... seems such a short time ago you were my next door neighbor, friend and constant source of amusement: especially when Steve needed an occasional reminder who was in charge, yelling "FREEMAN!".. haha!
And what an amazing cook: waking up to the smell of you baking in the air, or trying a new recipe that always turned out Amazing! Riding your Harley to work? AWESOME! Spiritual hugs, Suzy!"

This tribute was added by Lou Hronek on 14th July 2016

"Hi Suzanne! Still miss you very much. Please watch over us all when this coming September when we all take another ride down and back on the Natchez trace. We will miss you but will feel you with us. Warm Regards! Lou"

This tribute was added by Michael Holmes on 15th August 2015


Marianne and I just completed another Alaska cruise last week and everytime we sail, we think of Suzanne as we depart port or attend an art event.  It is funny how those times we shared touched us so much that as the years go by we continue to relish the time spent with you both more and more.  Mike and Marianne"

This tribute was added by Lou Hronek on 11th August 2015

"There is not a single outing with Steve or good news about David or Ash that goes by where Margie and I don't think about Suzanne.

As recently as yesterday I still well up (as I am now) when talking  to Steve about something that included Suzanne in our many times as a foursome.

At the first anniversary of Suzanne's passing we planted a Chinese Pistachio tree in our front yard three years ago and named it Suzanne. Often when leaving the house or coming back home I will look over and say, "Hi Suzanne!".

The vivid memories of Suzanne are as fresh in our minds as her tree that continues to flourish, vibrant in colors and makes us smile.

Miss you so much!

(Ps..... Hey Suz! Steve is turning out to be a good cook. You would be proud!)"

This tribute was added by Steve Bennett on 11th August 2015

"One cannot think of Suzi without it putting a smile on your face instantly!
Such a positve, happy bright light.. she touched everyone she met, leaving one feeling like you just met an Angel on earth, and she was that; and still is back Home...
Miss your quiet humor and loud laughter, Suzi... I was blessed to know you; and am still blessed knowing your family still: it's apparent you are still guiding them all!"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Foyle on 16th July 2015

"Time, just time makes a world of difference. Suzanne will always keep a special place among us as she should. Blessings to each family member."

This tribute was added by Carolyn Foyle on 11th August 2014

"To the Freeman Family, As time goes by our hearts do heal, but there will always be a special piece of our hearts that will always hold our love for our loved ones. God Is Good All The Time."

This tribute was added by Meribeth Freeman on 11th August 2014

"You are always in my heart. I miss you!"

This tribute was added by Marylee Waltz on 11th August 2014

"Always in my thoughts, Suz."

This tribute was added by Carolyn Foyle on 14th July 2014

"Happy Birthday in heaven Suzanne, your an angel watching over all of us."

This tribute was added by Meribeth Freeman on 14th July 2014

"Happy Birthday!  You are never far from my thoughts and always in my heart!"

This tribute was added by Lou Hronek on 14th July 2014

"Dear Suzanne, We miss you very much. Thank you for watching over your kids, Steve.....and the tree Margie and I planted in honor of your life. It continues to grow strong as do eveyones memories of you. God bless you today on this special day. With Love, Lou & Margie Hronek"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Foyle on 14th July 2013

"Happy Birthday To Suzanne in Heaven.
Suzanne's in heaven, paved with streets of gold, shining like the sun and at the pearly gates all heaven to behold. We miss you and love you."

This tribute was added by Meribeth Freeman on 23rd November 2012

"You were definitely loving remembered with thanks for all your love - and cooking tips! So many Thanksgivings together - but gone too soon.  Love you, Sis!"

This tribute was added by The Freeman Family . on 15th July 2012

"I made your peach cobbler the other night. Of course everybody loved it!  It made me remember such happy times at home with you.  Tonight my house is ablaze with candles. I love and miss you every day.  Love, David"

This tribute was added by Meribeth Freeman on 14th July 2012

"Happy Birthday, dear Sister!  How I miss you! But I know we will meet again.  With much love, Meribeth"

This tribute was added by Sue Koons on 14th July 2012

"Memories are a wonderful blessing. Remembering pool parties, block "get togethers," garage sales, Laker games, attending church, walking your dogs, special cheese dip, Texas drawl, that big smile and just being GOOD NEIGHBORS.  We miss you, but we will meet again."

This tribute was added by Michael Holmes on 14th July 2012

"As we remember this day and the loss of our dear friend, Marianne and I remember the wonderful times we spent together.  Even the pictures of cruises you took without us, we took the same ones and feel like we were with you on that cruise as well.  That is how infectious Suzanne was.  Even when you are looking at a piece of art you find yourself saying Suzanne would love that."

This tribute was added by Lou Hronek on 14th July 2012

"Tomorrow (7/14) will be a special day for Margie and I.

This afternnon I went to a local nursery and bought a tree. In the morning, with help from our gardner, I will plant a Chinese Pistachio tree in the center of our front yard. It is our way to always keep the memories fresh, the love cherished and the freindship never forgotten."

This tribute was added by carolyn walter on 7th October 2011

"Dear Steve,  Thank you for letting me know about Suzanne.  I was completely shocked and read with tears many of the tributes to her.  My heart goes out to you & yours.  Dave Walter & Carolyn Major-Walter"

This tribute was added by Reg Schultz-Akerson on 9th September 2011

"Dear Steve, David & Ashley:  We just heard about Suzanne's death through Linda LeBlanc.  She was such a delight of a colleague at CLU--a gift to work with her. She always spoke with such joy about each of you.  Our hearts go out to you & pray God's comfort.  Reg & Peg"

This tribute was added by Karen Kuketz on 23rd August 2011

"Dear Steve, Ashley and David,
I will never forget all the wonderful memories I had growing up with Suzanne. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Karen and George Kuketz"

This tribute was added by maria martinez on 23rd August 2011

"Dear Ashley and family I'm deeply saddnened to hear from your loss,my prayers and my heart goes out to you.
with love.
Maria Martinez and family."

This tribute was added by Lois Jean Gover on 23rd August 2011

"Steve, I'm so sorry that we couldn't attend Suzanne's service.  We will forever remember Suzanne and the blessing we received by knowing her. She was a very special lady who will be terribly missed by all who knew her and enjoyed her uplifting conversations. Love, LJ & JE"

This tribute was added by Walt Maguire on 21st August 2011

"Steve- Appreciated so much the beautiful memorial, the wonderful pictures-and that very special smile of Suzanne's.  We, too, will miss her beautiful smile, her humor and her presence.  You and yours remain in the thoughts and prayers of so many.  Walt and Jane"

This tribute was added by Beth Gallagher on 19th August 2011

"Dave, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom.  She was such a lady - I smile when I think about her southern accent.  She will be missed by so many.  My heart goes out to you, Beth Yovanovich Gallagher"

This tribute was added by Nanci Cartwright on 19th August 2011

"Steve, Ashley & David, I was grateful that I could "be" at Suzanne's service via the live streaming today. Ashley, what a beautiful and graceful tribute you made to your mom.  I wish I could have known her better. I know you are grieving; but she lives on in you. Much love, Nanci"

This tribute was added by Marc Meredith on 19th August 2011

"I was privileged to call Suzanne a colleague and friend during my time working at CLU. She will be greatly missed!"

This tribute was added by Loan Nguyen on 19th August 2011

"Hi Steve!
We are so sorry about your loss. She is a great women. We will miss her. Love you all.

Vu-Bich Loan"

This tribute was added by Allison Brockford on 19th August 2011

"Suzanne, you were a proper lady with just the right amount of sass. Thank you for being a second Mom to me growing up.  

David, Ashley & Mr. Freeman, my heart goes out to you in this very difficult time.  My love to you all..."

This tribute was added by Wilma Westerfield on 19th August 2011

"Dear Steve and family,
We are so sorry about your loss, Suzanne was such a sweet person and she will be sorely missed. We love you and we will see you in the fall.
Love your cousin Wilma"

This tribute was added by Steve Bennett on 19th August 2011

"Steve, David and Ashley,
I am deeply saddened for your tremendous loss.. Your mother brightened up every moment spent with her: one never left her without laughter following; and a smile that lasted all day... she will be greatly missed by all! Hugs"

This tribute was added by Lou Hronek on 18th August 2011

"Suzanne was a friend to everyone. Her radiant smile in the pictures you see tell you the same. Her personality was special to all that had the honor to know her. I am only one of the fortunate ones that did. May God bless her on her final journey to peace and tranquility. Miss U!"

This tribute was added by Teddy Foyle on 18th August 2011

"Suzanne was like another mother to me. I was blessed to know her. It makes my heart ache to write this. It's a blessing that least she didn't suffer. Of course you know I love you all. -Teddy"

This tribute was added by Nathan Brown on 18th August 2011

"Dear Stephen, David and Ashley,
I am deeply saddened to hear of your sudden and tragic loss.  She was loving and caring to everyone that had the privilege of knowing her.  My heart goes out to you.  
Nathan Brown"

This tribute was added by Sue Koons on 17th August 2011

"Steve, Ashley and David:
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We're more than neighbors. We're family. We love you guys. Denny and Sue"

This tribute was added by Donna Jean Sprague on 17th August 2011

"Dear Steve and family, we send our prayers to you.  Suzanne will be so missed.  We're sorry we can't be there but will try to watch the memorial service via this website.  With deepest sympathy.  Love, Donna Jean & Aunt Geneva"

This tribute was added by Marylee Waltz on 17th August 2011

"Dear Steve, Ashley and David,
I will miss Suzanne's "can do" attitude, her wonderful sense of humor,stories about her travels on her "hog" and her puppies - Scarlett and Rhett.  I will miss her beyond words.  Rest in peace, dear friend.  Marylee"

This tribute was added by Winn Theirl on 16th August 2011

"It hurts because we can't be there with you during this time. Please know that your Aunt Katheryn's family is keeping you close in our hearts and prayers as you say goodbye to one cherished & loved by so many.  Suzanne will be missed by all who were blessed to know her. Love you!"

This tribute was added by Heather Webster Davidson on 16th August 2011

"I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my heart and prayers.  Take care"

This tribute was added by Linda Kidd on 16th August 2011

"Dearest Cousin Steve and family,
My heart goes out to you and your family. She was such a sweet and wonderful person. We had so much fun with the two of you sharing our memories. She will be missed.
Love Lynn"

This tribute was added by Cynthia Martin on 16th August 2011

"Dear Stephen & Family,
Our Hearts wrenched for your family! Hope Suzanne's life cherished keep alive memory. We hope u and your family goes on to remember her. I'm Ella Siler's oldest Grandaughter Cynthia. Send our love and our Hugs!C.Martin"

This tribute was added by Nanci Cartwright on 16th August 2011

I am so saddened to hear of Suzanne's sudden passing.  I know that she will be deeply missed.  My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.  You are in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Richard Levin on 15th August 2011

"Dear Stephen and family,
My heart prays that you and you're family are well.
With much love!
Richard Levin"

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