Dorothy May Friesen (nee Tyas)

Apr 7, 2018
We are very saddened to announce the passing of Dorothy May Friesen (nee Tyas) at age 91. Mom died peacefully with family by her side, in Royal Inland Hospital on April 7, 2018 after a brief illness.

Mom is survived by her 4 kids, Kathy (Steve) of Hatzic Prairie, Ken of Savona, Norm (Pieteke) of Savona, and Ron (Mary) of Kamloops, 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She loved to be with children.

She was predeceased by her husband George of nearly 70 years just a short 9 months ago. She was bothered by the fact that she was the last member of her family after being predeceased by her parents, Bill and Annie Tyas, older brother Art, and younger sisters, Noreen and Evelyn and much younger Billy.

She was also predeceased by an older half-brother Fred who lived in England and whom she never met. Mom was raised in Hatzic Prairie near Mission, where she also raised her family. Raising family back then was done in the absence of the many niceties and conveniences of today. Daily living on a small acreage in a rural setting included tending the garden, canning, wonderful baking done on a sawdust burning cook stove, doing laundry with a wringer washer, and many other chores. Despite her tiny stature she also packed many 1000’s of bundles of cedar shakes contributing to the small family business.

Mom was a reserved, quiet, non-judgmental person. Reading was a favourite pastime throughout her entire life. She loved school and learning. She was very knowledgeable in geography, so their trip to England, where her parents had emigrated from and where she visited with cousin Lynda, and Europe was very special to her. She also loved to bake, knit and sew and is well known for her cookies and squares, touques, mitts, baby and doll clothes.

In later years Mom and Dad lived in 100 Mile House, Savona, Ashcroft, and most recently in Kamloops. While in 100 Mile, she self taught herself shorthand for a secretarial job that she loved.

She is going to be deeply missed by all of us. The family would like to thank the staff at Kamloops Seniors Village for their kindness and all of the folks in the Interior Health system, including at Royal Inland Hospital, for their caring. 

An informal get together will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 4:00 PM at Kamloops Seniors Village, 1220 Hugh Allen Drive, Kamloops.

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 Drake Cremation & Funeral Services

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