On Sept. 23, 2010, our dear mother, (sister, grandmother, and best friend) Anne B. Friesen went to be with our Lord and Savior.
Except for her last five years in Anaconda, Mont., with her daughter Wendy (David) Elias and her friends and caregivers at New Horizons Assisted Living, for whom she was truly thankful, she lived all her life in Havre, Mont.
Ann was born Sept. 4, 1924, in Cottonwood, Mont., the sixth of eight children, to Henry and Bernice Johnson. She attended Cottonwood School.
Ann married Cornelius Friesen in 1945, and they started their family four years later. Together they raised four children, Wendy, Roger, Darla and Gary. Her greatest joy in life was her family. Ann often stated she hated to see her kids and grandchildren grow up and leave the nest. She wanted them to stay little. She was a very protective wonderful mother. She taught her children to have faith in God, to love and respect others and to have the courage to withstand the trials and losses in life which she taught by example.
Ann lived her faith and was a gracious Christian woman. Her second greatest joy in life was serving others ... filling her dash unselfishly (1924-2010). Ann was active in her church and taught kindergarten Sabbath school faithfully for years. She was well- known in the Havre area as a hard worker for various volunteer services. She gave 40 years of dedicated work to the Community Giveaway House in Havre, a place to receive food and clothing for any in need. Ann also organized the collection of Christmas toys and gifts for children and elderly. For several years, Ann along with family and friends, organized the annual Havre Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner. They would serve up to 1,000 people from all walks of life. She touched the life of everyone she met.
Yes mom, you did fill your dash! We are sure the Lord will say, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” Mom loved the poem “The Dash” by Linda Ellis.
Ann is survived by her son and daughters, Gary (Debra) Friesen of Kevin, Mont., Darla (Fred) Kiedrowski of Lincoln, Neb., and Wendy (David) Elias, Anaconda, Mont.; grandchildren, Dusty (Michelle) Kiedrowski, Chad Kiedrowski, Ryan (Amber) Kiedrowski, Robert (Sherry) Elias, Scott (Toni) Elias, Paula Friesen, Joshua Friesen, Nicole Friesen and Candace Friesen; great-grandchildren, Valerie Elias, Evan Elias, Desiree Friesen, Kayden Friesen, Gabriel Friesen, Hunter Kiedrowski, Colby Kiedrowski and Shelby Elias; and great-great grandchild, Landen Beck.
She is also survived by her brothers, Ellis Johnson and Ford Johnson; and sister-in-law, Verna Johnson, all of Havre; and many nieces and nephews.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cornelius; son, Roger; brothers, Gerald Johnson, Robert Johnson and Hylas Johnson; and sisters, Twila Copeland and Helen Wilkins.
Ann’s family thanks KT Riddle Funeral Homes of Anaconda, Mont., Rocky Mountain Hospice, and especially thanks New Horizon’s Assisted Living staff for their love and care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 19 Discovery Drive, Butte, MT 59701; Pintler Pets, 205 N Silver St; Anaconda, MT 59711, or the Community Giveaway House, P.O. Box 467, Havre, MT 59501.
Celebrations of Ann’s life was held Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at 2 p.m. at New Horizons Assisted Living in Anaconda, Mont., and will be held Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, 11 a.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Havre, Mont. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment will follow the service at Highland Cemetery in Havre.
Service and cremation arrangements are under the care of KT Riddle Funeral Homes in Anaconda.