After a long illness, we are sad to share that Rayma Friesen, of Lanigan, Saskatchewan, passed away in the Lanigan hospital on Thursday, 12th April, 2018 aged 81.
Rayma was born in Archewill, Saskatchewan, on July 8th, 1936 to Reidar and Nellie Holth. Rayma moved from Saskatoon at the age of 16 where she started her long working life. It was there that she met Bill who was the love of her life. They married on July, 20th 1955 and they were together for 61 1/2 years. They had two wonderful daughters, Cheryl and Kathy.
The family moved to Nova Scotia where Bill joined the Navy. From there, they moved to Lynn Lake, Manitoba for 6 years and in 1974, relocated to Lanigan, Saskatchewan to be close to family and they remained there for the rest of their lives.
Rayma (and Bill) had so many interests and wonderful memories that they created over their years together. Rayma was a Manitoba Master Angler and they loved camping and fishing. Golfing was a hobby that they took up later in life and once they started to winter in Wellton, Arizona, it became a part of their daily lives. They loved to travel, visiting many countries around the world, and enjoying several cruises.
Everyone who knew Rayma, knew of her love of casinos and playing any kind of card game. It was a well known fact that Grandma Rayma taught each of her grandchildren to play cards and it was her belief that they learned to be gracious losers at a very early age. She was a cheer leader for all her grandchildren and never missed a dance recital ,competition or graduation.
Rayma will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Cheryl and John Stoutley, of Sylvan Lake,Alberta, Regan (Norine) Ivany, of Saskatoon, and daughter Laurissa, Jolene (Adam Burt) of Blackfalds, Alberta and their children Kennedy, Shaeden and Emmersyn, and Linsay (Garrett) Scott, of Red Deer, Alberta, and daughter, Nassiyah, Kathy and Pat Stevenson, of Lanigan, Austin (Michelle) Stevenson, of Lanigan, Sask. Braiden Stevenson (Tylor Nelson) of Ladysmith, BC and Katelyn Stevenson of Lanigan, Saskatchewan. Brother and sister, Russell Holth and Norma (Wayne) McKenny, of Saskatoon, and also her 4 nieces.
Rayma was predeceased by her loving husband, Bill, and his parents, Ernie and Jessie Friesen and her parents, Reidar and Nellie Holth, and sister-in-law, Jeanette Holth.
A Graveside Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations graciously accepted to the Lanigan Hospital.
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