Martha Remy Freer has an unusual European ancestry – that of French Huguenots, a heritage that she shared with her late husband George. The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church, and many (including the Freer and Remy families) were driven out of France by the end of the 17th century during a series of religious persecutions. France’s loss is our gain, and we are so pleased that Martha was born in the United States and is one of our wonderful residents now. Martha’s husband George was a Friends pastor, and they served several congregations around the country. Along the way, they raised four boys. At FFC, Martha enjoys gardening and tending to her baby ducks that appear every spring. If you get an opportunity to visit with Martha, don’t miss it. She has some great life stories to share!
A visit with Lois is quite an inspirational experience! Lois was the kind of schoolteacher every parent wishes for their child, and we can only imagine how many lives she has positively influenced. Lois grew up within a Quaker community in Henry County and also attended Earlham, where she met her future husband and fellow teacher, Carl. Carl and Lois married in 1954, and raised 3 children while both continued to teach. After their retirement, they enjoyed traveling around the world, including to Kenya, Greece, Israel, Palestine and the USSR, before Carl died in 2005. Lois then sold Maple Hill Farm which had been in her family for 5 generations, and we are so fortunate that she came to live here! Lois continues to write, teach, learn new things and help others.
Ed & Jocelyn White
Sweethearts at Earlham briefly interrupted by her transfer to the IU School of Nursing and his conscientious objector status during the Korean Conflict, Ed and Jocelyn were married in 1955 at a Friends church in Baltimore. The Whites accepted a call to go to the Friends Mission in Kenya, Africa from 1965-1969 and had multiple responsibilities there but feel blessed to have had such a wonderful opportunity and experience for their young family, which now included four children. The family loved to camp and enjoy the wonders of nature. More recently, an inheritance of glass creamers evolved into a hobby for Ed, and Jocelyn comes from a long line of bird watchers. Ed and Jocelyn have many relatives in the Richmond area and at FFC in particular, so moving here already felt like home.