Betty Jean Barrier Fries CONCORD - Mrs. Betty Jean Barrier Fries, 88, of Concord, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2014, with family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 63 years, Dr. Joseph Nelson Fries, and by her beloved sister, Kathryn Barrier Hayes of Winston-Salem. Mrs. Fries was born July 21, 1925 in Sheridan,Wyoming at Fort Makenzie. She was a daughter of the late Henry Webster Barrier, M.D. and Octa Vayne Earnhardt Barrier. She grew up in Concord and spent much of her youth at a family home in Black Mountain. After graduating from Winecoff High School in 1942, Mrs. Fries attended the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, and graduated from Catawba College in 1946. While attending Catawba College, Mrs. Fries met the love of her life-her dearest Joe. Mrs. Fries earned her master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mrs. Fries loved children. Like her husband, she was a highly respected educator. She began her teaching career at Charles McIver School in Kannapolis. She and her husband briefly taught school in Nash County before returning to Cabarrus County. Mrs. Fries retired after over 26 additional years of teaching at Winecoff School. As a literacy advocate, she immersed her students in activities that promoted reading. She was a fidelis member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization of women educators. She was a member of many other organizations including the North Carolina Association of Educators. Mrs. Fries was a dedicated member of Saint James Lutheran Church and trusted in the Lord. She was a member of the choir and the Mary Magdalene Circle. A strong supporter of the arts, Mrs. Fries enjoyed attending theater productions and music concerts. She was an avid gardener. In addition, she enjoyed traveling and playing bridge with faithful friends. She cherished her family. Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Faggart, Jean Beasley and husband, Fuller; granddaughter, Christine Lovelace and husband, Nicolas; grandsons, Robert and Joseph Beasley; nephews, Michael Hayes and wife, June, Kevin Hayes and wife, Vickie, Mark Hayes and wife, Robin and John Fries, Jr. and wife, Sally; niece, Jill McLaughlin and husband, Jonathan and extended family. The family will receive friends at Wilkinson Funeral Home in Concord on Friday, Feb. 21st from 6:00-8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held at Saint James Lutheran Church of Concord on Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 11:00 AM, officiated by Rev. Dr. Thomas Ridenhour. Burial will follow at the family plot in OakwoodCemetery, Concord. Memorial gifts may be given to Saint James Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 684 Concord, NC 28026 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. The family extends their special thanks to Home Instead care partners Aggie Eury, Mary Hardison, Michele Cook, Robin Fink and Amanda Watson. Condolences may be left at www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com. Wilkinson Funeral Home is serving the Fries family.
Wilkinson Funeral Home
100 Branchview Dr Ne Concord, NC 28025
Published in Charlotte Observer from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2014