Freida Wilma Pearson Tibbitts was born 8/2/1927 in Leadore, Idaho. The second child of Fred and Alice Pearson, she loved her life on their ranch in Leadore. When Freida was 15 her family moved to Lost River, Idaho and a new chapter of her life began. She met Ray G. Tibbitts who became the love of her life and after he returned home from the Navy where he served In WWII, they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on 3/11/1947.
Freida was a hard working rancher’s wife and whatever venture Ray embarked upon, she was by his side supporting him and helping in any way she could. When Freida was 6 years old she fell 15 feet over a banister at school and landed on cement steps. She was in a coma for 10 days and when she came out of it, she was told by the doctors that she would never have children. The Bishop in the area gave her a priesthood blessing and she credits this priesthood blessing to the fact that she had a Family. She was an exemplary mother to their six daughters and one son. Her posterity now numbers 255 souls~of which 7 are children, 40 are grandchildren, 145 are great grandchildren and 15 are great, great grandchildren!
Her kindness and work ethic and industry will long be remembered. An excellent seamstress she made most of the family’s clothing and spent long hours in her gardens of vegetables and flowers, making the world a prettier place wherever she lived. In 1971 she and Ray sold their ranch in Lost River and moved to Midvale, Utah where she lived until her death from natural causes incident to old age on 4/3/2023 at the age of 95. In her lifetime she served as Relief Society president three times where her greatest joys came from serving the “one”. Freida had a talent for making people feel “loved”. She sold AVON for 20 years and made many friends along the way. She worked at East Midvale Elementary for 25 years and always had a soft spot in her heart for the child who was lonely, or downcast in any way. She would go out of her way to show them love and kindness. Each of her 40 grandchildren felt her love for them in individual ways.
She served in the Jordan River Temple with Ray for 4 years and retired only because of health issues. She loved that calling and the feeling of closeness to her Heavenly Father that it brought. Freida lived a long and productive life. A good life. She was truly a light and a joy to all who knew her and she will be dearly missed.
She is survived by Vickie Lee Waddoups (Clark), Diane Kofoed (Randy), Merilyn Smith (Fred), Jan Taylor (Glen), LaRae Sayer (Kim), Jeffrey Tibbitts (Suzan) and Meya Fitzgerald (Elliott).
She will be laid to rest at the Memorial Mountain View Cemetery in Cottonwood, Utah following services held on 4/15/2023 at the Union Fort 2nd ward building, 6550 S 500 E, Midvale, Utah. The service will be at 11 AM on the 15th following a viewing from 9:00-10:45 AM. There will also be a viewing on Friday evening 4/14/2023 from 6-8 PM at Goff Mortuary on 8090 South State Street in Midvale, Utah.
The service will be livestreamed on the Goff Mortuary Facebook Page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Funeral-Service---Cemetery/Goff-Mortuary-116988261695382/
(The livestream video will appear when the service starts.)