Frieda Pearl Henson passed away peacefully at her home on Pony Creek in the arms of her family on Tuesday evening, April 8, 2008. She was born June 9, 1947, of Clayton and Minnie Dunlap in Alva, Okla. She was the fifth of six children and was raised on her family farm near Freedom, Okla.
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Frieda graduated from Northwestern State University, Oklahoma with a degree in health and recreation. She later took a job at the Houston Parks and Recreation.
Frieda met her future husband, Ken, at the "library" (or so the story goes) on Nov. 3, 1973. They were married Nov. 1, 1975, at the home of Ken's parents in Houston, Texas.
In the summer of 1980 Ken and Frieda relocated to Montana. They moved into a one-room log cabin off of Brackett Creek where Frieda raised her three kids. In 1990 she began working at Bridger Bowl where she later helped open the Deer Park Chalet. She worked as a manager and became a "mama" to many employees and skiers until she retired in 2008.
An avid skier and passionate gardener, she enjoyed walking and bike riding as opportunities to enjoy the beauty of Montana. She was an active member of both the Brackett Creek Women's Club and Alma's Breakfast Club of Clyde Park.
Frieda is survived by her husband, Ken Henson of Brackett Creek; her son, Richard Henson of Brackett Creek; daughter, Jennifer of Orange, Calif.; daughter, Mary of Bozeman; and three grandchildren, Jenna, Jordan, and Zaiden.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Jim Bridger Lodge, Bridger Bowl; a reception will follow the service. No disability access is available.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Bozeman Eagle Mount or to Livingston HospiceCare.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2008