OKEECHOBEE - Mary Margaret "Peggie" Frish passed away Sunday June 22, 2014 at 100 years and 6 months. She was born Dec. 22, 1913 in Indianapolis, Ind. to Donald Raymond and Nondas (Leedy) Parker. She was raised by her widower grandfather John Leedy and widowed mother Nondas. Ms. Frish spent her childhood years in Andrews, Indiana, graduating from Manchester College with a BA degree in education. She taught high school for 3 years at Etna Green, Indiana before moving with her mother and sister to Okeechobee. She returned to Indiana in 1938 to complete her master's degree in religious education from Bethany Seminary in Chicago. She worked in the Church of the Brethren in Washington, D.C. while awaiting the return of her husband, 1st Lt. Army soldier Harry M. Frish. They made Okeechobee their home in 1945. Mrs. Frish taught in Okeechobee public schools from 1953 until 1967; retiring from Florida School for Boys in 1974. Community involvement included: Council on Aging, Okeechobee Adult Literacy, and Retired Teachers; serving 30 years in the local Presbyterian Church (USA). Her life philosophy had always been Luke 6:38 "….the measure you give will be the measure you give back. So, because life is hard, we need to do whatever we can to make it easier and more pleasant for each other." Ms. Frish was preceded in death by husband, Harry M. Frish; and sister, Helen Rae Davis. She is survived by son, Don David (Jane) Frish; daughter, Stephanie Alice (Greg) Parks; grandchildren, Kara (Morris) Fontenot, Aaron (Allison) Parks, David J. Frish, Louis (Nicole) Frish; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Nicole, Zachary, Aubrey, Wesley, Gabriel, and Trenton; and numerous nephews and nieces. There is no visitation. A memorial service is schedule for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to either: Cornerstone Hospice of Clermont, Fla., or Dunklin Camp of Okeechobee, Fla. All arrangements were entrusted by the Cremation Choices of Minneola, Florida.
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Published in NewsZapFL on June 29, 2014