Mary Friesen was born to Cornelius and Aganetha Funk on August 29, 1938 near Swift Current Saskatchewan. Her family moved to Vanderhoof, BC in 1942, joining a larger
group of Mennonite families heading west. Her husband
Bill’s family was on this same train. A few years later, in December of 1957, their love story began over a cup of hot chocolate at the Silver Grill. They were married in June of 1959. Mary’s love for the Lord was evident everywhere she
went. She was notorious for her ability to work hard and fast, while befriending strangers and endearing herself to others. She became famous for the amazing soups and
cinnamon buns she served at The Deli Dish. Most recently, she shared love through Woody’s Bakery, where she worked until just before this past Christmas. As wife, mother, and
grandmother, Mary blessed each one with individual affection. Her concern was for the lives of others even as she faced the loss of hers. Mary was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of December. She suffered
for two more months, with little complaint, accepting
God’s strength moment by moment. Jesus came to take her home on March 2, 2011. She will be greatly missed by her husband Bill, her children, Joyce (Larry) Thiessen, Gord (Sherry) Friesen, Lyle (Arlene) Friesen, Kerry-Lea (Ed) Wicker, 14 Grandchildren, her siblings and extended family.