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Obituary: Fries, Joan

Age 80


Joan Arlene Nottage Fries was born April 10, 1935 and grew up in Sprague, Washington, the only child of Roy and Veryl Ramm Nottage.

While attending Sprague High School she met Jerry Fries; they married in 1952 and thus began their big lifelong adventure together.

In 1956, a job at the Ford Garage brought the young couple to Harrington, Washington with three children already in tow and two more to follow.

In 1959 they settled into the family home on the hill and raised an assortment of animals while Joan maintained large vegetable gardens and grew gorgeous flowers.

In 1966 the family purchased the Harrington Chevron gas station where she worked as bookkeeper and assistant for over 40 years.

Joan was an outstanding complement to whatever turn the family took, willingly assisting the family with the current projects of the day.

All the while lovingly watching over her lively children: refereeing quarrels, applying Band-Aids, and attempting to impart important life lessons to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joan enjoyed family camping/boating vacations and after retirement they embarked on long treks to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Mexico; many epic motorboat expeditions to Alaska and Vancouver Island; and driving around the USA in camper vans.

September brought a month of salmon fishing on the Puget Sound, and the last Sunday in October was the annual Fries Fish Fry, a colossal all-day salmon feed and potluck gathering that was held for over 30 years where everyone was welcome.

Joan, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, honored her religious beliefs and energetically helped support her local congregation.

She was thoughtful, generous, hardworking and loved to feed delicious and abundant meals to family and friends.

Joan offered support for those in need and overall asked for very little in return.

She will be dearly missed by anyone who had the privilege of calling her a friend.

Joan passed away peacefully on February 28, 2016 due to complications from Alzheimer’s.

She was preceded in death by her beloved Jerry (sadly deceased June 16, 2015 after 63 years of marriage) and is greatly missed by her five children: Jim (also sadly deceased) and wife Cheryl, Mike and wife Virginia, Mel and wife Kim, Laura and beau Brad, Dale and fiance Sally; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Don and wife Carolyn; two nieces; one nephew and numerous grand-nieces and nephews.

Memorial service to be held 2:00 PM, April 3, 2016 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Davenport WA.

Reception following at the Davenport Memorial Hall.

Bring a dish, share memories, and celebrate the life of Joan Fries.

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