Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.
Mary M. Friman was active in the community right until the end of her life. The 97-year-old was walking to church from her nearby retirement complex on March 17 when she was hit by a car in a crosswalk. She died on March 22, 2013.
Mrs. Friman was born in San Francisco and lived in Petaluma since the early ’80s.
“She’s always been active,” said her daughter Fran Craig. “She just liked to offer her services and do good.” Among other things, Mrs. Friman was an avid amateur genealogist, member of the Petaluma Garden Club and volunteer with the Earle Baum Center of the Blind.
She got involved with the Earle Baum Center when she developed macular degeneration about 20 years ago. She eventually became legally blind, which Craig said didn’t affect her community involvement much. “She was a strong, determined woman.”
“A shrinking violet she was not,” agreed Mrs. Friman’s other daughter, Kate Friman. She described her mother as dynamic and outgoing, adding that she had volunteered at the Earle Baum Center because she knew firsthand the difficulty that came with blindness and wanted to help others experiencing that difficulty.
Mrs. Friman was also an active participant in both St. James and St. Vincent churches in Petaluma.
Mary was very proud of her family’s deep roots in California that dated back seven generations to 1769, when her ancestors arrived in America. As an amateur genealogist, she researched her father’s descendants from the north of Spain and her mother’s descendants from County Kilkenny, Ireland.
She was preceded in death by her dear husband, George D. Friman, and their son George William Friman. She is survived by her daughters M. Frances Craig and Catherine E. Friman; grand children; and great-grand children.
A memorial mass will be held Friday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty Street.
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