Phyllis Elfreda (Long)(Georgeson) Friman

Phyllis Elfreda (Long)(Georgeson) Friman
99 years
Tuesday Nov. 27
Viborg
Phyllis was born Jan. 27,1919 on a farm in rural Viborg to Balsor and Rose (Peterson) Long. She was the first of four children. She had a long and eventful life. Phyllis attended rural school and then Hurley High School.
She married Howard James Georgeson on Jan. 12, 1938. They had two children, JoAnne and Jim. They lived on a farm close to Wall Lake and worked road construction and farmed until 1953 when they sold the farm and purchased Turkey Ridge Store and Turkey Ridge Oil Company. In 1958 they sold Turkey Ridge Store and moved to Hurley but continued to operate the Oil Company.
Howard was killed in an auto accident in 1962 and Phyllis continued to own and operate the Oil Company.
Phyllis then married Eugene Friman on Dec. 2, 1965. They ran the oil company until August 1987.
Phyllis and Gene raised many different animals, most notably buffalo and llama on their acreage in Hurley which was often referred to as the Hurley zoo. Gene died of complications from surgery in 1997. Phyllis remained in Hurley until 2004 when she and her dog “Cookie” moved into the Good Samaritan Home in Lennox. Phyllis died peacefully at the Avera Dougherty Hospice Cottage on Nov. 27.
Grateful for sharing her life and memories were her daughter Joanne Krager, Redwood Falls, Minn., and her son, Jim (Avis) Georgeson, Hurley; grandchildren Julie (Daniel) Dorfschmidt, Mandan N.D., Joni (Jim) Nieland, Redwood Falls, Minn. Jean Lange, Jasper Minn. Jacque Georgeson, Alameda, Cali., Howard (Laurie), Hudson, Wis. Jerome Georgeson, Hurley, one brother, Ralph (Jeanne) of Hurley and sister-in-laws Lois Long of Sioux Falls, Edith (Donnie) Moe, Letcher, Eleanor Bjerkaas, Yankton, Dorothy Friman, Tripp, Doris Cordell, Huron, Jeanette Rusk, Audrey (George) Sample, Carolyn McMahon and all of Flandreau, 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husbands, Howard Georgeson and Gene Friman, parents Balsor and Rose Long, brothers, Ray, Arlie and wife, Myrna Long, great-granddaughter Amanda Nieland along with many other close family members.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 at St. Boniface/Idylwilde Catholic Church, Turkey Ridge.
Arrangements provided by Hofmeister Jones Funeral Home.

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