PREMONT, Texas - Birdie "Louise" Friesen went to her eternal home Monday, December 17, 2007. She was born on March 23, 1929 in Falfurrias, Texas, to Gene and Lela Wright. After graduation from Falfurrias High School she was a clinic nurse/secretary for Drs. Penly and Wilder until she married her husband, John P. Friesen, on July 15, 1955 in Premont, Texas. She spent the rest of her life as a farm and ranch wife, loving and caring for her husband John and their daughter Deborah, and her two granddaughters, Christina and Shelley. Her hospitality was extended to all those who worked on the ranch, all family members and friends who visited and knew her as a fabulous cook. She also dedicated her time by serving on the La Gloria ISD School Board for many years. In addition, she shared many friendships and enjoyed activities with others as a member of the Falfurrias Community Choir and the Premont Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John P. Friesen; granddaughter, Shelley Anne Siemonsma; and a sister, Claudia Shearer.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah E. (David) Siemonsma of Premont, Texas; a granddaughter, Christina S. (Santiago) Recio of Premont, Texas; a brother, Mike Wright of Dilley, Texas; four sisters, Nell Lewis of Arlington, Texas, Jeanie Wilkinson of Premont, Texas, Margaret Jeffers of Harlingen, Texas, and Olene Penner of Kingsburg, Calif.

A gentle, quiet and faithful person, she will be missed greatly and remembered dearly.

Visitation was held from 3 to 9 pm., Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the Funeraria Del Angel Howard-Williams in Falfurrias.

The funeral service was Thursday, December 20, 2007 at the First Presbyterian Church in Falfurrias. Interment followed at the Premont Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Dee Wright, Clint Wright, David Montz, Bill Wilkinson, Sandy Brice, Jim Valley and Brian Carlucci. Honorary pallbearers are: Donny Wilson, Rocky Storm and Dr. Lowell Wilder.

Memorials may be left in honor of Birdie "Louise" Friesen at

Arrangements entrusted to Funeraria Del Angel Howard-Williams in Falfurrias.

- Paid Obituary