Wilma Marie Friesen was born May 8, 1921, in Whitewater, Kansas to Willie and Catherine (Wiebe) Harder. She died Friday, May 20, 2016, in Talihina, Oklahoma, at the age of 95 years. Wilma was reared and educated in Whitewater, Kansas and graduated with the Whitewater High School Class of 1940. After high school she attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated in 1947. Wilma was strong in her faith and was baptized at Emmaus Mennonite Church in Whitewater. She married Peter Z. Friesen on August 9, 1955 in Aberdeen, Idaho. Wilma spent most of her working life as an Ordained Missionary for Avant. She had a variety of pastimes such as reading, cooking, sewing, and telling stories to her children and grandchildren. Above all, she was a prayer warrior and loved sharing the Lord with people any opportunity she had. Loving family members include:
Peter Z. Friesen, of the home
Winnona Brush and husband Ron, of Owasso
Lynette Hinton and husband Geoffrey, of Talihina
Virgil Hinton and wife Cindy, of Vail, Arizona
Sarah Holler and husband Kevin, of Sperry
Krista Beddo, of Boswell, Oklahoma
Rachel Unrau and husband Jerrod, of Inola
Frank Hinton and wife Stephanie, of Oklahoma City
Elizabeth Greninger and husband Matt, of Norfolk, Arkansas
14 Great Grandchildren and many adopted spiritual grandchildren
Wilma was preceded in death by her cousin and Peter’s first wife, Elsie Regier, brother, Eldon Harder, brother, Willfred Harder, sister, Catherine Crocker, Sister, Mildred Dahlenburg, and son, Virgil Friesen.
Memorial Service will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016, at Friendship Baptist Church in Owasso, Oklahoma with Loran McAlister and Geoffrey Hinton officiating. Another memorial service will be held mid-June at Emmaus Mennonite Church in Whitewater, Kansas. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.
We send our love and deepest sympathies. O’Ma was much loved and will be surly missed.
— Sarah Holler, Monday – May 23, 2016
Mom we are missing you. You were our real Prayer warrior. We love you so much. Someday we will see you again.
— Winnona Brush, Wednesday – May 25, 2016
— , Friday – June 3, 2016
Friendship Baptist Church
14100 East 86th Street North
Owasso, OK 74055
Friday – May 27, 2016
Note: Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 13, 2016, at Emmaus Mennonite Church, Whitewater, Kansas.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Wilma to the Avant Ministries/Arab Radio Ministries:
Wilma Friesen Memorial
10000 North Oak
Kansas City, MO 64155