St. Louis, MO – January 19, 2018 – It is with great sadness Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri announces the passing of Frankie Muse Freeman, a retired member of the organization’s board of directors. She died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. She was 101.
Frankie was a transformative figure in the legal and civil rights arenas but also an important advocate for community service, which has been a tenet of Girl Scouting for more than 100 years. Frankie served on the Girl Scout Council of St. Louis’ board of directors from the late 1960’s to the mid-1970’s. In 1978, she was elected to Girl Scouts of the USA’s national board and remained an active member for 12 years. During this 12-year span, Frankie served in several roles including Vice President of Girl Scouts of the USA. Frankie was honored as a Girl Scout Heroine in 1976 and inducted into the Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis History of Diversity Hall of Fame in 1997.
“Frankie made it her life’s mission to fight for equality and make a difference in the lives of others. This remarkable and iconic woman broke the conventions of the time to reach across class, culture and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills. Frankie’s contributions to Girl Scouts and to the St. Louis community will never be forgotten,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.
A public visitation will take place Friday, Jan. 19 from 5 to 8 pm in the Grand Hall of the Missouri History Museum. Her funeral will be Saturday, Jan. 20 at 9:30 am at Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church and is also open to the public. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri extends its condolences to her daughter, Shelbe and the rest of Frankie’s family.