Mary Elizabeth FRIESEN

FRIESEN

Mary Elizabeth (Bergman) Friesen

May 15, 1929 – April 2, 2008

Mary was surrounded by her loving family as she peacefully went to be with her Lord on April 2, 2008 in Abbotsford, B.C.

She is finally free from pain after many years of suffering from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis.

Mary was born in Kenton, Manitoba; the oldest of eleven children of Paul and Annie Bergman. They moved to Agassiz, B.C. when Mary was one year old and later to Yarrow where she grew up.

There she met the love of her life, Abe Friesen and they were married on October 24, 1950. They moved to Vancouver to start their life together. They were blessed with 3 children and raised them in a loving, secure home in Surrey, in which they lived from 1960 to 1990. Many wonderful memories come from those years. Their next move was to Abbotsford to spend their retirement years.

Mary is best described as a woman of faith and courage whose heart for God was evident in everything she said and did. These things gave her the amazing ability to rise above the difficult challenges in her life.

Mary is predeceased by her parents, Anne and Paul Bergman, her brothers Rusty and Jack and her daughter-in-law Bea.

She is remembered with love and admiration by her devoted husband Abe Friesen, her son Norm Friesen, her daughters Cary (Andy) Harrison and Dorothy (Mike) Meerkerk; her grandchildren Matt Friesen, Scott (Eliina) Friesen, Tony (Monica) Friesen, Heidi (Mark) Berg, Jordan (Erin) Harrison, Melissa (Jay) Lundgren, Drew Harrison, Jesse Meerkerk and Kenny Meerkerk; and great grandchildren; Jayda, Cyrus, Matix and Audrey. She is also survived by two brothers; Ernie (Katie) Bergman, Don (Sherry) Bergman and six sisters; Kay (Walter) Stobbe, Anne (Waldo) Dahl, Susan (Pete) Niessen, Lynn Cummins, Esther (Barry) White and Elsie (John) Giesbrecht. Also her sisters-in-law, Olga Wiens, Nettie (Henry) Wall, Ann (Frank) Suderman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary’s love and prayers for her family will continue on for generations to come.

Many thanks to the caring staff at the Tabor Home whose kindness to Mary over the past 20 months is greatly appreciated

Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 with viewing at 10 a.m. at Bakerview Church. Graveside service at 11:30 a.m. at Maclure Road Mennonite Cemetery with a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at Bakerview Church. Reception to follow.

Wiebe & Jeske Funeral Services

604-859-5885