Freida Mae Whitish

May 28, 1926 – Jan. 31, 2018

A memorial service for Freida Mae Whitish will be held this summer in either Basin or Greybull. Freida, 91, passed away Jan. 31 in Sandy, Utah.

She was born May 28, 1926, in Burlington, the daughter of William and Nina Schlenker. She graduated from Greybull High School in 1944. She received training with Western Union Telegraph Company in Billings, Mont., and graduated as an automatic operator in December 1944. She accepted a position in San Diego, but returned to Wyoming a few months later. She married, had her only child, a daughter Donna, in December 1947 and later divorced. In April 1957 Freida married Jason Whitish, who had three sons, and began working for Mountain Bell Telephone Company in Basin.

Her husband was transferred to New Gulf, Texas and then to Houma, La., where they lived until 1973. He was then transferred to Green River where he worked until he retired in 1989. During those years Freida worked for Southern Bell and Mountain Bell.

After Jason’s retirement, the couple purchased a motor home and set out to see the United States and Canada. After 15 years of traveling, the couple moved to Ocala, Fla., In 2006, due to Jason’s declining health, they moved to Jacksonville to be near their daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Pete Decker. Her husband passed away in October 2009.

When her son-in-law and daughter relocated to Salt Lake City in 2016, Freida moved to Utah with them.

Freida enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge and cribbage, reading, working crossword and word search puzzles, cooking, gardening, flower arranging, making dolls and sewing. Her heart was kind and her smiles infectious.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jason in 2009, two brothers, two sisters and a stepson.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pete and Donna Decker of Sandy, Utah; two stepsons and their spouses, Michael and Pam Whitish of Enumclaw, Wash., and Dennis and Hazel Whitish of Puyallup, Wash.; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.