A memorial service will be held at 12 PM, Saturday, April 30th at The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Sauk Centre, Minnesota for Laurie Brown (Hird) Freeman, with a reception to follow at The Rock Tavern on Big Birch Lake. A private internment will take place at a later date.

Laurie Brown Hird was born April 20, 1940 in San Diego, CA. As the daughter of a naval officer, she traveled the country in her youth, but her favorite home was Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, where she attended High School at the Punahou School in Honolulu. She always remained a Hawaiian girl at heart. Laurie graduated from The University of Mississippi in 1962, worked as a medical technologist in San Diego, CA, and was united in marriage there to Ralph Freeman in 1965. They moved to Minnesota in 1967. Residences there included Graceville, Canby, and Little Falls, where they lived from 1975-1990. Her one constant home was always ‘The Cabin’ on Big Birch Lake, in Grey Eagle, MN, where she spent summers as a child, and continued to do so throughout her life. She passed away peacefully at home on Big Birch Lake, on the morning of April 27, 2011 surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by her loving Husband Ralph Freeman, mother Mary Clark Hird of Sauk Centre, daughter Candace Panner of Eugene,OR, sons Jason (Laure) of Sartell, MN, Jody (Jill), of Elk River,MN, and Mitchell(Elizabeth) of St. Cloud. Also her two sisters, Sally (Bob) Hughes of Murfreesboro, TN and Julia (Tom) Zaborski of Osh Kosh, WI., and, step-son Jeff (Sue) Freeman of Decatur, IL. Laure is also survived by 11 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Rittenhouse Hird.
Her warm and generous spirit, love of life and family, and great sense of humour will be greatly missed by all who knew her.