Celine Seay Freeman

Celine Seay Freeman, 82, of Amarillo, TX died Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

The family will receive friends from 5-6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 23, 2020, at the funeral home. A rosary will follow at 6:00 p.m., at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd.  Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 24, 2020 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Celine was born September 3, 1937, in Amarillo, TX to Antoinette and Tom Seay.  She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1955. She attended Mount Vernon College and The University of Texas where she was a Pi Beta Phi. Celine married Warren Jenkins Freeman, Jr. on December 5, 1957, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. They spent many enjoyable years together in the family business, Freeman’s Flowers.

Celine was a past board member of the Amarillo Junior League, Amarillo Symphony Guild, and past president of the Amarillo Junior League Garden Club. One of Celine’s favorite community projects was the Centennial of Amarillo Celebration in which she coordinated. Celine was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Celine was French from her name to her old-world charm, by choice, by style. Thoroughly French, all five feet of her with her big eyes sparkling!  Celine loved entertaining.  She attended cooking school in Italy where she was taught by the famous Guiliano Bugialli.  Her tagliatelle alfredo and roasted leg of lamb were bon appetit!  She loved planning the next event, whether it was a family gathering, luncheon, dinner party, or birthday club reunion.  With generous hospitality, she and Warren loved to host guests in their home and at Palo Duro Club, where she was a lifelong member. She had a passion for travel, novels, movies, and loved to play Bridge and Canasta. She never missed the Academy Awards!

Her life was very well lived in fact, It was Fabulous!!!

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Warren Thomas “Tom” Freeman.

Survivors include her husband, Warren Freeman, of Amarillo, TX; two sons, Philip Freeman and wife Lisa, of Bowling Green, KY, and Wilson Freeman and wife Tonya, of Amarillo, TX; a sister, Soeurette Cowan and husband Bob, of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren, Hayden Freeman, Berkley Freeman, Austin Freeman and wife Mikkel, Hampton Freeman, Wilson “Wils” Freeman, Jr. and T.J., Luke Freeman, and Savannah Freeman; great-grandchildren, Taos Freeman, Ellie Laine Freeman, and Porter Freeman; a niece, Toinette Tillinghast and husband Lonnie; a nephew, Chris Jolley; great-nephews, Max Tillinghast and Sam Tillinghast; and great-nieces, Gabrielle “Gabby” Celine Tillinghast and Graciella “Gracie” Soeurette Tillinghast.

25 Replies to “Celine Seay Freeman”

  1. This comes as a big surprise – and not a good one. I knew Celine and Warren for many years having grown up in Amarillo. I enjoyed designing their cabin down at Palo Duro Club and spent many enjoyable hours there during my visits back to Amarillo. She will be missed by many.

  2. So sorry to hear about this lovely lady’s passing. I met her on Barren River Lake on a few occasions. She had a quiet elegance even in the midst or our rowdy group. My heart goes out to Phillip and Lisa and all other family members. I am sure she will be missed by many.

  3. Lovely woman, mother, and friend. I’m glad to have known her. Blessings and comfort to her precious family.

  4. It was a special treat to have known and worked with Celine. She was so nice to me and made me feel welcome and appreciated. What a nice, fun lady she was! Her energy and kindness were obvious and appreciated. She was a joy. My thoughts and prayers are with her family whom she loved dearly.

  5. Condolences to the family. Celine went to high school with my parents Hershel and Susan Smith and my Dads company ran their business in a building names after her father. Always enjoyed seeing the Freemans when we were in their store.
    Condolences to the family

    Armand Smith

  6. I am so so sorry for your loss. Big prayers and hugs for you all. God’s blessings for peace and comfort. Much love.

  7. I am saddened by the passing of Celine. My father held Celine and Soeurette up as models of Texas women to me when I was growing up and I came to agree with him completely as I grew into womanhood. My meetings with Celine were spread out over years but I will always remember her active inquiry, bright conversations and easy smile. My heart is with all of you in this sad time.

  8. A very sweet and charming lady…she will be missed by ALL who came in contact with her.Many condolences to Warren and her big family.🙏🏻❤️

  9. Celine was a role model for many, including me. She was sweet, clever, kind, pretty, smart, stylish, funny and thoughtful, perfection in a small package. She will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her. My heart goes out to her family and many close friends.

  10. Celine was quite the powerhouse. She was always so gracious and kind. She will be dearly missed.

    Love to all the family.

  11. So surprised to learn of Celine’s passing. I have known her for many years and always enjoyed seeing her.

    Celine was friendly, caring, and engaged in conversations that left you realizing she had a concern for the welfare of all walks of people. Truly a lovely
    Christian woman!

    My prayers are with all the family.

    Michele Dement

  12. Oh what a marvelous Lady! Her life was full of love, kindness, smiles and a friend to all and her legacy has the same beauty. That is a life well lived!
    Praying a covering of comfort and peace over the Freeman Family.

  13. I will miss our Tuesday morning shop talk. May God bless and comfort her family as you gather to celebrate her fabulous life.

  14. She was simply lovely. She was gracious, kind, and a wonderful Christian. She lived life to the fullest and made everyone feel special. What a tremendous loss to all who knew her. We feel blessed to have known her.

    Praying for you all at his most difficult time. May you be comforted with many precious memories.

  15. So sorry to hear this news. A wonderful obituary. I hope the memories of fun times together will comfort you. Prayers for all of you. Praise for a life well lived and her wonderful family.

  16. The PDC lost another great friend. Celine was always the hostess with the mostest and she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Freeman Family. 🙏💝

  17. Always so kind and sweet to me . As I was involved with the Junior League she was always so graceful, calming and beautiful and always called me by my name. Such a beautiful charming lady.

  18. Such a lovely lady. Happily, I considered her a friend. One of the first people I met when I moved to Amarillo. Love to each and every family member.

  19. Celine was the most welcoming friend when we joined the Palo Duro Club 40 years ago. We was always so positive and encouraging. She loved a good party! She so loved her family. I will truly miss her and her laugh.

  20. I always loved Mrs. Freeman growing up. She was always so charming and beautiful. Even as a little kid, I appreciated how elegant she was. It was a blessing to grow up just across the alley from the Freeman and Jolly families. Prayers for Mrs. Freeman and her family.

  21. I love everything that is written about this fantastic woman. I agree whole heartily that her life was well lived. She was indeed Fabulous!

    Best and prayer to all!

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