A Mother Fights On In Her Daughter’s Memory
By Michael John Sullivan
It was a February night like no other in the Freeze family household — one that will live in heartbreaking, reflective memory forever. Seventeen year old Payton told her family something terrible was going on at school. There were no indications that 17-year old Payton Freeze was thinking about committing suicide.
“She did not disclose the real bullying until the night before her suicide,” said Payton’s Mom, Kim. “She used to say that the kids were mean.”
Payton’s Dad, Brent, discovered her body.
Kim Freeze had taken previous action in defense of her daughter. “I complained to the school back in November that Payton was stating the kids were being “mean” to her and the counselor stated she would meet every week with her and she did not (say the same thoughts).”
It was in the following February when Dad found Payton. “I am doing my best,” Kim said.
Kim added: “The police have not closed the case. So we don’t know anything.”
Left behind are not only grieving parents but Joshua Hollingsworth, a sister Kayla Berlin and her grandparents James and Kim Berlin and Bob and Lois Freeze.
The pictures Kim Freeze shares on the Facebook pages of her daughter and the family are both beautiful and heart wrenching.
The Freeze family is doing everything they can to keep their daughter’s memory alive, whether it would be on social media or at the high school where Payton was supposed to graduate this year as a senior. “We have fought to get our daughter remembered in the yearbook and at graduation,” Kim said.
Here is the Facebook page.
You can visit the website and get more information about the wonderful, positive actions the Freeze family has undertaken here.
Here is the obituary posted by the Freeze family so you can read who Payton Freeze was as a teenager from the family’s words. Read here.