Elizabeth “Beth” Friesen

FRIESEN, Elizabeth….

On April 2, 2021, Good Friday, Elizabeth Friesen passed away peacefully, with her daughter by her side, at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario. Beth was born in Leduc, Alberta; met her husband while teaching at the Fisher River Indian School in Manitoba; and spent most of her life in Vancouver, BC. She and Al had four children, were active members of Trinity Baptist and White Rock Baptist churches, and made many great friends.

Beth was a creative and loving mother who raised four distinctive children. She had a quick wit, a love of stories, and a desire for knowledge and understanding. Many will remember her as quite a character, with a deep curiosity about the people she encountered. Her joy was to connect with others, and with a little luck, to make them laugh. Even in her stays in the hospital near the end, the nurses and doctors often commented on how charming and humorous she was.

Describing the last few years, which she spent in Ontario, Beth said, “I’m so happy because I’m near the kids” – Barb and Pat. Her last moments were spent holding Barb’s hand.

Beth is predeceased by her loving husband Al, and her eldest son Roger. She is survived by Roger’s partner, Brigitte Rahn; son Randy Friesen and partner Susan Bolman; Randy’s daughter Natasha and partner Annabree, and 2 sons, Jerram, and Cormac; her daughter Barbara and husband Patrick, and sons, Thomas, and Christopher and partner Emily; and daughter Patty and husband Patrick, and sons Adam, and Nicholas.

Cremation has taken place. Donations in Beth’s memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, 551 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 0N8. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at www.cremationlondon.com


  1. So many good memories of aunt Beth. She was always full of energy and had a twinkle in her eyes. She will be missed.

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