Barbara Jean Fridriksson

November 28th, 2020

Barbara Jean Fridriksson passed away peacefully on November 28, 2020.  She was born June 7, 1924 in Washington, DC, USA.

Barbara graduated in chemistry from the University of Missouri in 1944 and worked for General Mills in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a year before attending graduate school for the following year at the University of Minnesota.  There, she met and married Edward Fridriksson, December 22, 1945. They lived in Reykjavik, Iceland for five years before returning to the United States in 1951.  After several years in Minnesota, in 1954 Barbara and Ed and their three living children moved to British Columbia, where two more children were born. 

For five years Barbara was Women’s Editor of the Abbotsford News and then taught Home Economics in Mission for 13 years. After her retirement from teaching, she completed a Diploma in Fine Arts from Fraser Valley College. After Ed retired, they moved to Kamloops in 1985.

Barbara was an active member at Hills of Peace Lutheran Church and enjoyed playing duplicate bridge with the seniors in Kamloops. She was a lifelong lover of art and always had some creative project on the go. She was a master quilter, a skilled gardener, an avid reader, and an enthusiastic family historian. She loved laughter-filled family gatherings, and was the first to acknowledge that her jokes were usually pretty lame.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents Fred and Gladys Old, her husband Edward, her brother James, her son Stefan Fridrik, her grandson Erik Thomson, and her son-in-law John Hilton.  She is survived by: her children Inga, Signy (Steve), Thor (Pam), Stefan (Carol), and Sarah (Tim); her grandchildren Bjorn, Reykia, Galen, Lilia, Kara, Pietur, Elsa, Mekkin, Jonas, Stefan, Xavier, Jasmine, and Daniel; her great-grandchildren Hannah, Ken, Calla, Esben, Soren, Robin, Dylan, Hellen, Luke, Karin, Rosetta, Isabelle, Darius, and Katelyn; and her great-great-grandchildren Amelie and Jace.

A virtual memorial service will take place 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 19. Please email barbaramemorial96@gmail.com for an invitation to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's memory may be made to a charity of your choice. 

Messages:

What a fine obituary for a wonderful sounding woman! I’m sorry I couldn’t attend the memorial today but I’m thinking of you Signy in particular, and sending lots of love and support. I think I mentioned to you before that losing a close family member often means that some of the tectonic plates of our life really shift, so it takes some time to adjust to those shifts, and I hope you give yourself space for that.

Signy, Thank you for sharing this beautiful and important part of your heritage and current life with us. Although I am not checking in to the memorial service, my prayers and my heart are with you and the family. May the sentiment of your lives together give you comfort in the midst of this sense of loss. Ruth Naylor

Mrs. Fridriksson was my sewing teacher in Mission in Grades 9, 11, and 12 (1970-1973). She instilled in me a lifelong love of sewing and crafts. I took every course I could from her. She was so kind—my favourite high school teacher! I had no idea that she lived such an accomplished and interesting life. She spoke often of you, Thor. I think you may have grown up with my friends, Darcie Wright and Jim Leppard (they are in Vernon now) and Mike and Lorraine Levitt (they are in Kamloops). I extend my deepest condolences to all of the family. I am deeply saddened by your loss even though I hadn’t seen her in years. It brought back so many fond memories of our sewing classes. They were more like a group of friends sewing together with their kind mother rather than classes. Your mother,grandmother, and great-grandmother was a gem! I am so lucky to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Kindest regards, Peggy McKimmon

Hello Signy and Steve, I was very sorry to read of the passing of Signys mother. I trust all is well with your immediate family. Judy Taylor

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