Frances Jean Friesen (nee McIntyre)
June 3, 1950 - April 30, 2020
Frances Jean (McIntyre) Friesen passed away suddenly in the RM of Dufferin on Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Frances will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Leonard, her three children, Andrea, Kris (Kari-Ann), Greg, and nine grandchildren Graham, Carter, Ian, Marae, Scarlett, Macy, Kinsley, Grant, Emma. She also leaves to mourn Ashley Lucier, her brother Bryan McIntyre (Janice), brothers-in-law Dave Friesen (Margaret), Abe Friesen (Marie), Menno Friesen (Shirley), John Friesen (Mari), Don Melvin, sister-in-law Margaret Janzen, and numerous nieces and nephews. Frances was predeceased by her parents and Leonard’s parents, brother-in-law Alvin Janzen, and sisters-in-law Doris Friesen and Susan Melvin and son-in-law Darcy Miller.
Frances was born to Norman and Peggy McIntyre on June 3, 1950 in Carman, MB and raised on the family farm north of Elm Creek. She attended schools in the Elm Creek area. She always loved the farm, especially riding the tractor with her dad and uncles. Frances was involved in 4-H and had a soft spot for animals.
Frances married Leonard Friesen on August 14, 1971. Together they raised three children in Elm Creek who kept them busy in sports and activities alongside working on the family farm.
For over twenty years, Frances worked at Elm Creek School where her list of “kids” quickly grew from the 3 she had at home to the many she worked with over the years. There was never a student Mrs Friesen wouldn’t make time for.
A strong presence in the community, Frances was involved in many organizations over the years and enjoyed all the fellowship and activities her hometown has to offer.
Frances retired from Elm Creek School in 2012 to take time to enjoy her two favourite pastimes – travel and her family. Her last number of years have been filled with winters in Arizona, trips to Scotland and many road trip adventures with friends and family. Frances never met an adventure she wouldn’t say YES to. Her generous spirit will be missed by everyone.
Ash interment and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.