Linda Kay Freeland, 70, died Aug. 5, at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, Kansas.
She was born to Dale Renberger and Dolores (Nuss) Renberger on April 13, 1949, in
Hays, Kansas. She graduated from McPherson High School in 1967.
Linda married David E. Freeland on Jan. 10, 1971, in McPherson. She received her
degree in early childhood education from Kansas State University in May 1971. She owned Four
Seasons Preschool for nearly 40 years and taught more than 1,400 children. She loved preparing
the children for kindergarten, and she was especially proud of introducing them to sign language.
Her Christian faith was central to her life, and she was an active member of the First
Baptist Church in Salina.
She loved her family dearly and enjoyed every holiday, with Christmas being her
favorite. Among her annual contributions to her family’s Thanksgiving Day celebrations in
Manhattan were “pink fluffy salad” and chocolate brownies.
She and Dave loved their Wildcats and were regular season ticket-holders to K-State
Family members remarked that Linda accepted her breast cancer diagnosis with grace,
and she continued to enjoy family activities.
Survivors include husband Dave, Salina; son Paul and wife Rachel of Melissa, Texas and
their children, Sydney, Chase and Erynn; son Michael and wife Kristina of Salina and their
children, Gabriel, Dominic and Oliver; sister Alana and husband Larry Schafer of Salina; brother
Terry and wife Estelle of McPherson; sister-in-law Gloria Freeland and husband Art Vaughan of
Manhattan; sister-in-law Gaila Freeland de Chambi and husband Humberto Chambi of La Paz,
Bolivia; six nieces and four nephews.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law Edgar Freeland, her
mother-in-law Edla (Mostrom) Freeland; and her brother-in-law Jerome Johanning.
A memorial service was Aug. 9, at the First Baptist Church of Salina. Memorial gifts may
be made to First Baptist Church of Salina, The Greater Salina Community Foundation’s Linda K.
Freeland Scholarship, which goes to Salina students who plan to study early childhood
education, or to the Tammy Walker Cancer Center.
Ryan Mortuary, 137 8 th Street, Salina, was in charge of funeral arrangements.