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151 West 128th Street
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Freddie Baxter

Freddie Mae Baxter

Tuesday, August 14th, 1923 - Sunday, December 30th, 2018
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The Seventh Child: She Made Us Happy, Optimistic

Harlem residents know Ms. Freddie Mae Baxter as the neighborhood’s grand dame, the mother of the community and oftentimes considered “mayor.” With a big laugh, she hugged strangers and always greeted longtime neighbors with an effusive smile, in an upbeat, friendly style. At the sound of jazz playing in the streets, she’d stop suddenly to dance, swaying hips from side to side, with fancy footwork and snapping her fingers to the beat. A joie de vivre or “zest for life” was her signature.

On December 30, 2018, Mrs. Baxter made her transition from earth. She leaves a loving family, community and friends from across the country to mourn her passing.

The Denmark, South Carolina native was born in 1923 on August 15, the seventh of eight children. She picked cotton then, cooked for white families in the town before making a decision to make a move. New York was the place that held the promise of better opportunities.

She made a living as a domestic in homes of the well heeled and reared their children. Although limited in education and income, neither held her dreams captive.

From saxophone player in a female band to author of a book with a major publisher, Mrs. Baxter was a mentor to college and executive women.

At age 75, she wrote a book, “The Seventh Child, A Lucky Life” based on personal triumphs and tragedy in 1999. During media interviews, she met a Florida television host and formed a 20-year friendship. “I’ll never forget the day we met. She had lunch waiting for our 2-person crew. It included a freshly baked coconut cake,” said Vickie Oldham. “I’d called her every Sunday before or after church to discuss news of the day and our personal lives. She was always supportive of my work, offered advice about situations and was always full of optimism and energy. Each conversation ended with “I love you.”

Ms. Baxter leaves to cherish her precious and loving memories, lifelong friends Bernice Robinson and her son Richard who live in north Florida, a nephew Arthur Campbell and many other relatives and friends.
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  • Service

    Monday, January 22nd, 2018 | 9:00am
    Monday, January 22nd, 2018 9:00am
    Metropolitan Baptist Church
    151 W128th Street
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    Rev. Joseph Bright
  • Interment

    Mount Holiness Cemetery
    1 Brown Avenue
    BUTLER, NJ 07405
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Meg schneider

Posted at 05:58pm
I’d like to add another thought. Her beautiful, cheerful, warm and perceptive spirit kept me together in my young years. Not sure where I would be today if she hadn’t been in my life. Thank you Freddie. All my love. Meg

Meh schneider

Posted at 06:09pm
I was so lucky to have grown up with Freddie in my home. She saved my life literally and figuratively. I will love her forever though the last years h ave been difficult between us she will forever command my respect and love. Meg

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