In memory of
Lela Grace Friesen, 91, of Adams, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday (March 18, 2018) at Asbury Park long-term care facility in Newton. Lela was born Aug. 18, 1926, to Jacob B. and Anna (Wiebe) Friesen on the farm near Hooker, Oklahoma. Lela grew up on the family homestead near the Adams community, where she attended Adams Schools. On Nov. 17, 1946, Lela was united in marriage to William Friesen at the Adams Mennonite Brethren Church. She and William settled on a farm north of Adams where they raised their children. In the early 1960s, they moved to their home west of Adams. As a young girl, Lela was baptized at the Adams Mennonite Brethren Church. She was active in the church most of her life and, for a time, played the organ and sang in the choir. Lela loved tending to her roses, gardening and caring for her cattle. She was a long-time, active member of the Women's Home Extension Club. She was on the original board of the Et Cetera Shop in Liberal and enjoyed volunteering there. Highlights for her were attending family reunions. Her children and grandchildren will always remember Lela for the peppernuts she made at Christmas time and for keeping them supplied with sand plum jelly. In 2011, Lela moved to an independent living facility in Newton to be near her daughters. She lived in a duplex for several years, often helping with the residents in the nearby long-term care facility. As her health failed, she transitioned to assisted living and then, just recently, to long-term care. Lela was preceded in death by her husband, William Friesen; and her parents, Jacob and Anna Friesen. She is survived by her four children: Roland Friesen and wife Jone, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Anna Kilpatrick, Newton, Luci Monares and husband Dany, Newton and Marlin Friesen and wife Glenda, Adams, Oklahoma. Lela delighted in her five grandchildren: Gwen Friesen and husband Scott McDonald, Clifton Park, New York, Philip Friesen and wife Jennifer, Oklahoma City, Omar Monares and wife Ashley, Wichita, Roman Monares, Newton and Kerry Friesen and wife Kelsey, Norman, Oklahoma. Lela took a special interest in each one of her five great-grandchildren: Shelbie Fields, Maya and Layne McDonald, Duncan Monares and Gabriel Friesen. She is also survived by three brothers and one sister: Melvin Friesen and wife Doris, Hillsboro, Texas, Gerald Friesen and wife Judy, Las Vegas, Willis Friesen and wife Pat, Frisco, Texas, and Karen Isaac and husband Harold, Hooker, Oklahoma; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will be greeting visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday (March 25, 2018) at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday (March 26, 2018) at Mennonite Brethren Cemetery near Adams, Oklahoma. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mennonite Brethren Church in Adams. Memorials are suggested to Adams Mennonite Brethren Church or to the Good Shepherd Hospice of Newton and may be left at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, OK 73945. Condolences may be left at www.robertsbrothersfuneralhome.com.
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