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Mary Friesen

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Deaths-Mary-FriesenOn her parents’ 2,000-mile boxcar journey from Omsk, Siberia, to Memrik, Ukraine, through war and bandit territory, Mary was born and her brother was buried. Mary enjoyed a time of peace at her grandmother’s farm in Ebental, Ukraine, before further unrest led her family to Moscow in 1929, seeking passage to Canada. They joined their sponsors in Alberta for 2 years before settling in Yarrow, B.C. Mary did domestic work in Vancouver to help pay the travel debt. As a teen, she made a commitment to follow Jesus and was baptized. From 1944–59, Mary and John farmed in Ladner, B.C. They moved to Abbotsford, B.C., in 1959, to Ladner in 1964, and to Tsawwassen in 1972, where Mary resided until her death. Mary’s gardens were filled with flowers and vegetables, and her home was always open to family, church and community gatherings. She gave people the benefit of the doubt and treated everyone with respect and care. Mary showed interested in and prayed daily for each of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and siblings. Her last request was for her pastor grandson Grant to preach about Jesus at her funeral.    

  • Birth: July 25, 1918
  • Birthplace:
    Walujka, Russia
  • Death: October 16, 2014
  • Parents:
    Peter & Anna Friesen
  • Married:
    John V. Friesen, Aug. 10, 1940 [d. May 23, 2000
  • Family:
    children John (Stephanie), Bill (Nancy), Daniel, Eleanor (Gary) Zweigle, Dorothy (Mark) Ghaly, Elizabeth (Brian) Flynn, Judy (Randy) Peck; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren
  • Baptism:
    Yarrow (B.C.) MB