Frieda Wilhelminne Forbes (nee Voss)

 

December 15, 1937, Glenbush, Saskatchewan

February 20, 2020, Edmonton, Alberta

 

Predeceased by husband Arnold in 2001 and son Stuart in 1991.

 

How Frieda met Arnold:

In the late fifties following teacher’s college, Frieda was a school teacher in a one room school at Long Lake School No. 3037, Saskatchewan. Arnold was working seismic in northern Saskatchewan. When he returned home to Senlac for a break, his mother suggested that he drive to Long Lake and take out the young teacher. He did as his mother advised. The story is that Arnold, who had a pilot license, would soon after buzz her little school disrupting her classes because the children would run outside to watch the rare sight of seeing an airplane flying around. Only after she would wave to him from the steps would he fly away.

Mom often told us that she was attracted to the blue eyed Scottish Canadian farm boy because he could play several instruments (he played in a band), he was funny, he had an education (grade 12), he could fly an airplane and had dreams of living in the north, and he was handsome.

Ten months after their August 1958 marriage in Belbutte, Sask. son Scott was born. This followed a yearly schedule of three more children: Kimberly, Stuart, and Curtis.

Life for the two of them began in Uranium City, Sask., then Hay River, NWT, then High Level, Athabasca, and, finally, Westlock, Alberta.

She was an avid reader, loved music (playing and listening), current events, followed politics and actively participated in various capacities during the election process.

She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, needle point, baking and travel. She was a fan of Coronation Street and liked movies and documentaries of all types.

Following her retirement after 38 years with Scotia Bank, Westlock, she maintained a busy social life staying in touch with her many friends and family in person and via Facebook.

Frieda passed from cancer and associated complications in the early hours of February 20, 2020 with her sons, Scott and Curtis; grandkids, Kelsey, Carson, Maclean, Simon, Clare, and Sienna; great grandchildren, Matreya and Leighton by her side. Her daughter Kim and great grandson Raydon were unable to be with her given the sudden short notice.

 

There will be no funeral as per her wish but a memorial will be held in Senlac, Saskatchewan later this summer where she will be interred alongside her husband and son.

 

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