OBITUARY

Anne Skinner Freiss

March 26, 1918March 26, 2021

Our dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Anne Skinner Freiss, 103, peacefully passed away on her birthday, Friday, March 26, 2021, at her home in South Jordan, Utah, surrounded by her loving children. She was born in 1918 in Spanish Fork, Utah, the only daughter of Joseph Frederick and Clara Ann Moore Skinner. She attended school in Spanish Fork where her special interests were in music and business. Her senior year she was the editor of the annual yearbook and upon graduation she was presented an efficiency medal, a great surprise and high honor. Following high school graduation, she worked and attended college in Logan, Utah. There she met her future husband, Howard Gordon Freiss. They married in June 1939 at her parent’s home in Spanish Fork and were sealed in the Logan Temple in 1944. They purchased a business in Tremonton, Utah where they lived. The family moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, then Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona which was home until 2010. Anne and Howard were married for 34 years before his passing in 1973. In 2010 she moved to South Jordan, Utah. She worked for the Hatch Clinic in Idaho Falls, and later the Casa Blanca Medical Group in Mesa, Arizona. She retired at age 83, but still transcribed for some of the doctors. Anne was a lifelong and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her first calling was when she was 10 years old, organist in the Primary. She was a ward organist or pianist in one or more organizations of the church since then. She served in ward and stake callings in the Primary, Mutual Improvement Association, and Relief Society. She also served in the Mesa and Oquirrh Mountain Temples. She strived to live the commandments and magnify her callings and to teach her family to do the same. She truly loved the Savior and had a deep testimony of the gospel. She was famous for Sunday evening snacks, tostados, and her candy making. Every year in early December she was known to at least make twenty batches of peanut brittle for family and friends. She was 98 the last time she was able to do this on her own. The last few years of mom’s life were full of challenges that took away her ability to do the things she loved. Two months ago, she played the piano one last time for her family after not having played for over three years. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and neighbors. We wish to thank all who participated in mom’s care for the past few years. We especially thank Canyon Home Care & Hospice, Chelsea Ivie, her nurse, and aide Claudia Montes, for the loving care they gave to her. We are also grateful to her daughter, Barbara, for caring for mom at her home for the past three and a half years. Anne is survived by children, Howard Charles Freiss (Kathleen Young), JoAnne Allen, Barbara Jean Jensen (Morris), and Michele Riggs (L. Merrill), 15 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Gordon Freiss, son-in-law Terry Allen, two children Ruth Anne and Kathleen, one grandchild, two great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild, her parents, and two brothers, J Fred Skinner and Bernell (Barbara) Skinner. Friends and family may visit Thursday, April 8, 2021, between 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the South Jordan Highland Stake Center, 10227 South 4000 West, South Jordan. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am at the church. Masks and social distancing are requested. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Tremonton City, Utah under the arrangements of Valley View Funeral Home. For those unable to attend, funeral services will be streamed. More information is forthcoming on that.

Services

  • Viewing

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Viewing

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

    VIEW VIDEO

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

Memories

Anne Skinner Freiss

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Gail Hansen

April 7, 2021

My favorite memory was of Anne Freiss serving in the Oquirrh Temple at the age of 98yrs. I arrived later than I would have liked to attend a session. So I was bounding up the staircase in a hurry in my white dress. I looked up to the top of the steps and Sister Freiss, looking like she could be an angel in white was looking down the steps at me with what I interpreted as a frown. I immediately felt guilty for my rapid assent and apologized to her. I'll never forget her reply to me. She said " that's ok, I just wished I could bound up the stairs like that." I can only hope and pray that I can follow her example and be able to serve in the Temple when 98 years old.

Mardean Merrill

April 7, 2021

When I first moved into her neighborhood, I was given Anne as my visiting teaching companion, and we worked together for about five years. During that time I really got to know her and love her. I loved her laugh and her smile, and her wit! She was always a wonder to me, with all she could do by her self and live alone, and still drive. The last three and a half years when Barbara came to live with her, I had a lovely time visiting with them on occasion at their home. I will certainly miss Anne, but I will have her in my mind and in my heart! Love you so much, Mardean

Sandra Usry

April 7, 2021

I am a neighbor of Anne on Raphanus Lane. I used to speak to her at the mailbox so many, many times. I was able to see her on her 100th birthday. She told me a lot about her life. She was an amazing, delightful woman. Rest in Peace Anne.

Peggy Pearson

April 6, 2021

Happy for my forever friend Anne and her happiness to now be with her husband, two daughters and loving family! Anne was a very special person to me and love the memories of our many times playing Canasta with Mesa friends, shopping, sharing many meals and our travels to special places! We shared a lot of time in the Mesa temple and doing family history work! My family and two special friends loved her too! I miss you Anne and know I will be able to renew our special friendship someday in the future! Love always! 💗 Peggy

Scott Pearson

April 4, 2021

We are not able to make it to Anne’s funeral but we want to express our love of this beautiful woman and the kindness and love she freely gave our family. Our relationship started through my Aunt Peggy Pearson, in Mesa Az. Through their friendship we were blessed to know Anne and we loved her like family. We attended church together for years. When we moved out of the area we had the privilege to give Anne rides to and from the airport. Our condolences go out to your family and look forward to the reunion of our friendship in the life to come . We love you Anne!

Gregory Skinner

April 1, 2021

I have many dear, sweet MEMORIES of my aunt Anne. She always had a sweet, gentle loving way that lit up a room and made you feel that she really cared about you. From trips to Tremonton and Idaho Falls I got to know her and my uncle Howard and my cousins in a way that we really bonded. I remember the times she made watermelon pickles and deep dish pizza and yes, her famous peanut brittle. I looked forward to receiving the Christmas box she sent every year from Arizona filled with the biggest oranges and pecans I have ever had and they were delicious. In later years I had several conversations with her regarding genealogy and was aware of her diligent service in the temple. I loved her and always knew she loved me too. She just had a special way about her and I hope to one day see her and uncle Howard again. They are truly special and finally together again. What a wonderful life well lived. God bless you eternally aunt Anne.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY