Life Tribute – Lena Mae Friddle

Lena Mae Friddle

    Lena Mae Friddle was born Nov. 17, 1925 in Arkansas to Lillie and Roy Stephens. She grew up in Arkansas helping her family and working on the farm. At the age of 19 she married Frank Friddle on Sept. 15, 1945.

They moved to Modesto, California where their daughter Peggy was born in 1947, and then moved to Susanville where their daughter Sharon was born in 1952 and continued to be life long Susanville residents. Lena and Frank celebrated nearly 70 years of marriage before Frank’s death in 2015.

Lena enjoyed being a homemaker, tending to her vegetable garden and a yard always full of beautiful flowers. She liked going to yard sales with her daughter Sharon, walks with her neighbors and crocheted several items, including many beautiful afghans.

Lena was very active for many years with the Susanville Senior Center and their lunch program every day and loved her Tai Chi classes twice a week.

In 2005 she was honored Lassen County Fair’s “Old Timer of the Year” and always enjoyed the parade and festivities.

For the past eight months Lena had been living in Coos Bay, Oregon with her granddaughter Roxanne and family. She enjoyed her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren very much.

Lena passed away in Coos Bay on March 18, 2021 at the age of 95. She was preceeded in death by her parents, her husband Frank, four brothers, and three sisters.

Lena is survived by daughters Peggy Davidson and Sharon (Keith) Barnum, of Susanville; granddaughter Roxanne (Wayne) Steward, of Coos Bay, Oregon; great-grandchildren Ben, Kyra and J.T., great-granddaughter Teka (Kyle) Brown, of N. Bend, Oregon; and four great-great-grandchildren, Tailor, Trae, Tomas, and Tegynn; one sister Faye and one brother Rommie, both of Arkansas and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Lena was laid to rest next to her husband Frank at Diamond Crest Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held later in the year.

To “Mom” and “Nanny” — you are loved so very much and will be missed every day.

Any donations to the Alzheimers/Dementia charities in Lena’s name would be greatly appreciated.