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Ida B. (Jones) Friesen

Feb 27, 2013 - Staff

Ida E. (Jones) Friesen died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Mont. She was 92 years old.

A memorial service will be Friday, June 14. Interment will be in the Nashua Cemetery in Nashua, Mont.

Ida E. Jones was born Dec. 31, 1920, in Salem, Ill., the daughter of Ray and Elsie (Lauckner) Jones.

At age 5, her mother and brothers, George and Bill, moved to Nashua, Mont. Her dad sold their place in Illinois and came later. She attended grade school at Big Four Country School and later Nashua High School.

She married John Friesen on Oct. 15, 1966, in Post Falls, Idaho.

They moved with their son, Kenneth, to the farm north of Nashua, Mont. Later, in 1981, they bought a place east of Nashua, Mont.

They later moved to Riverton where their son lived.

Mrs. Friesen had an in-home day care. The couple loved children and were Grandma and Grandpa to many. She worked and helped manage a restaurant and loved flowers and gardening.

She was a member of the Ridgerunners Saddle Club, Gumbo Gals and Riverton Garden Club. She helped the Gumbo Gals Garden Club get the Nashua Depot, which is now the Nashua Senior Citizens building.

Her family said she liked sewing, making quilts, arts and crafts, and canning. She earned many ribbons and rosettes at the county fair. She loved all sports and was manager of a little league baseball team in Mississippi and Montana. She sold her home in Riverton and moved to Glasgow, Mont., in June 2005.

She is survived by one granddaughter, Shannon Friesen; grandson Ryker Friesen; stepgranchildren Shelly, Hilary and Haley Friesen, all of Ogden, Utah; daughter-in-law Susan Friesen of Ogden, Utah; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and foster grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; son Kenneth; and brothers George, Kenneth, Bill and Carl.

Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.

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