Mary C. Friou

December 7, 1918September 4, 2013

Mary Franklyn Chapman Friou died peacefully at Westminster Manor on Sept. 4, 2013, at the age of 94. She was born in Austin, Texas on Dec. 7, 1918 to William Mason Chapman and Ola Upchurch Chapman. She grew up in Leander, Texas and graduated from Leander High School. She attended The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a degree in business administration. While at UT, she met her husband of 67 years, C.L. Friou . Mary had a long and successful career in the UT Austin Department of Accounting, where she made life-long friendships. Mary was an avid gardener and an exceptionally talented needlepointer. She loved spending time at her family ranch where she grew up. She adored her three grandchildren, and seeing them always brought a smile to her face. Mary was a spunky little lady with a big heart, and she will truly be missed. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, John Mason Chapman, and her husband, C.L. Friou. She is survived by her two sons, John Mason Friou and his wife Diane Dialessi Friou, and Thomas Claborne Friou and his wife Ann Wheelock Friou, all of Austin. Also left to cherish her memories are her grandchildren Melissa Ann Friou of New York City, and Mason Chapman Friou and Benjamin Wheelock Friou, both of Austin. Mary is also survived by two nephews: Jack Kellam and his wife Candy, and Ross Friou; and by two nieces, Jean Kellam, and Norma Friou Fouts and her husband Lou, all of Dallas. The family expresses deep appreciation to the staff at Westminster Manor and gives special thanks to Mary’s caregivers Linda Flores, Martelle Luedecke, Maria Beistline and Elizabeth Flores for their compassionate care, tireless efforts, and friendship. Visitation will be at Cook Walden Funeral Home at 6100 North Lamar Blvd. from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. Funeral services will be held at Cook Walden at 1 p.m. followed by interment at Bagdad Cemetery in Leander. To share memories of Mary with her family, please visit


  • Visitation for Family and Friends Monday, September 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 9, 2013

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Terrie Hembree

September 9, 2013

John and Diane and Thomas,

Ms. Friou was always so nice. She was funny, quick witted and a joy to speak to. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your families today during your time of grief, as she is lain to rest.


Terrie Hembree

September 8, 2013

In memory of a very sweet lady, I am sending a contribution to The University of Texas in memory of Mary Friou for the benefit of the Department of Accounting.

I first met Mary in 1962 when I entered the PhD program and Mary was administrative assistant to Glenn Welsch, who was then doctoral advisor for the College of Business Administration.

Later, when I served as a visiting faculty member in the Department of Accounting, and later when I saw her or spoke to her by phone, she seemed like she had found a long-lost son.

I shall remember her fondly always!


James Wesley Deskins (PhD, 1965)

Professor Emeritus, School of Accountancy
Wichita State University

September 8, 2013

Mary touched my heart in her long beautiful life and the hearts of many more in her home at Westminster. John and Diane, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your lovely family.
Jan Patterson

September 6, 2013

My heart is with all the Friou family in the loss of your sweet mother, Mary. She was indeed a very special person. I can only imagine the joyous reunion between Friou, Mother and Daddy when Mary joined them! What a blessing to have had this outstanding woman be a part of my life. I will truly miss talking with her and sharing laughs with her during our visits together. God's blessings to all of you.

Ann Rothell Hill

Bill Wiley

September 6, 2013

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to my cousin Mary Franklin's family.

The Upchurhes were particulary close to our family. When my grandmother died in child birth with my aunt Blanche Wiley, her aunt Lizzie Wiley Upchurch took her in and reared her with her four daughters, including Mary Franklin's mother.