Lainie Freeman 1967-2012
May 15, 2012
Lainie passed away on May 12, 2012 at her home in Tabernash, Colo. She was the beloved mother of Adam and Allison; daughter of Nancy and step-daughter of Mitch Motaches; and sister of Mike and Doug Sibalik. Her father, Paul Sibalik, is deceased.
Lainie was born on July 26, 1967 in Washington, DC. Her first home was in Maryland where her father was an early executive in the information technology business. Her maternal grandfather was a noted botanist. While still a child, her father’s company sent him and his family to Australia. After a few years in Australia the family returned to the Washington, DC area where she graduated from high school and attended college.
One of Lainie’s first jobs was with the Hyatt Corporation where she met her husband David Freeman. Dave and Lainie married in the summer of 1993 at her father’s home. In December, 1994, she gave birth to Allison. The family moved to Williamsburg, Va. then to Denver. The family’s first native Coloradan, Adam, was born there 1997. In 1998, they moved to Granby and Lainie did what she loved most, cared for her children.
While Lainie was raising her children she joined a group of women who took turns caring for Granby man in his mid-90s who was an early settler in the county. She loved helping him and told the family many stories of his life with his brothers’ farming in Grand County. Lainie was wonderful with the elderly and was a favorite of her grandmother and Dave’s grandmother as well.
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Although she and Dave divorced, it was in Grand County that she established roots. Over the past 14 years she continued to work in the food industry and on the census. Lainie was an exceptional cook who loved to read about cooking and collect recipes. She enjoyed entertaining her friends with her wonderful meals and especially preparing special meals for the kids. She was a devoted animal lover and had a particular soft spot for cats. Lainie enjoyed music and attended concerts frequently. In addition to rock and blues, she liked jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Diana Krall. She was a voracious reader especially fond of Diane Mott Davidson, Toni Morrison and Anne Tyler. When the Adam and Allison were younger they enjoyed camping on Shadow Mountain Lake with their Mom.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Eternal Hills on May 18, 2012 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the home of Bob and Jennifer Freeman, who live at 17 Fawn Court in Tabernash.
Lainie will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
Leave a condolence for the family, share a story about Lainie, or add a photo to Lainie’s “Book of Memories” at http://www.grandcountymortuary.com Mark H. Shearon, Funeral Director, Grand County Mortuary, is in charge of the arrangements. 970-725-9010.