Elrose Sullivan FriesMar 10, 2013 Staff
Elrose Sullivan Fries, the mother of Lander resident Patsy Abbey, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo.
She was 89 years old.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tom Saur officiating.
Dorothy Elrose Sullivan Fries was born May 13, 1923, In St. Louis, the daughter of Elmer and Marie Freebersyser. She was orphaned at the age of 2 and spent the next four years in an orphanage where she attended elementary school.
She lived with foster parents for the rest of her schooling and was married to Kay Sullivan on July 5, 1941, in Las Vegas, and they made their home in Buffalo.
Mr. Sullivan served during World War II, and Mrs. Sullivan lived in Los Angeles for a while before moving back to Buffalo.
She worked cleaning houses and waiting tables to help raise the couple's four children. For 10 years she owned and operated Rosie's Posies, a craft shop in Buffalo. Mr. Sullivan died in February 1990, and Mrs. Sullivan closed her shop.
In 1992 she married Orville Fries in Buffalo. Mr. Fries died in April 2010, and Elrose continued living In Buffalo until the time of her death.
She was a past member of the Happy Homemaker's Club and the Lutheran Ladies Aid Society.
Her family said she loved craft work, gardening and was an avid reader and an accomplished seamstress. She especially loved spending time with her family and her friends.
She is survived by her son, Mike Sullivan and his wife Dianna of Buffalo; daughters Diane Davis and her husband Leonard of Sheridan and Patsy Abbey and her husband Calvin of Lander; sister Evelyn Disher of Denver; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; daughter Jennie Wilkins; and two brothers.
Donations in her memory may be made to the St. Francis Animal Shelter or the Buffalo Senior Center in care of the Adams Funeral Home in Buffalo.