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Freida Nadine Graham Heaman passed away on April 6, 2013 at Victor
Valley Hospital, Victorville, CA with her family at her side.
Freida was born January 27, 1919 in Yates Center, KS. At age 14 months her family moved to Hawkins, Wisconsin. Her parents Fred & Elma (Van Hoozer) Graham owned a diary farm where she was raised until she married her husband Arthur Henry Heaman.
She was proceeded in death by her husband of 42 years and two brothers, Charles Henry Graham and Laurence Donald Graham.
She is survived by her daughter Artiss Watt and son-in-law Richard A. Watt of Victorville, CA, two Grandsons Roger (Wendy) Watt and their children Meagan, Ryan and Tammy of Apple Valley, CA and Dale (Alicia) Watt and their daughters Hannah and Rebekah, of Redding, CA, sister-in-law Dorothy Graham, nephews Tom (Barbara) Graham and Lee Graham all of Victorville, CA and Earl (Rhonda) Graham of Apple Valley, CA; Susanne Graham and her husband Jim Grinstead of Hesperia, CA; and many great nieces and nephews. Also many nieces and nephews in the Hawkins, Wisconsin area.
After marrying Arthur, who she knew her entire life, she worked on the cranberry marshes, selling the berries to Ocean Spray for 10 years. The family then moved to Forest Center, MN, where she worked for Tomahawk Timber Co., earning a man's wage in temperatures reaching 50 below. She piled lumber off of the green chain up to 30,000 board feet a day, for 3 years. The family next moved to Grand Bahama Island for 2 years. In 1958 the family moved to Victorville, CA where she worked for the Kemper Campbell Ranch as a cook at the guest ranch. She was honored to have cooked for Governor George Deukmejian, many movie stars and NBC newscasters.
She retired in 1982, but continued to work managing her rental property, which she did until her death. She took a two week vacation every year and had been in all 48 continental states. She was bitten by the genealogy bug in 1976 and traced her family back to colonial times and assembled her family history called Graham, Hill, VanHoozer, Chittim and Their Kin.
She was very proud of her heritage. Freida was a Charter member of the Jedediah Smith Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Charter member of the Lucretia Oldham Brewster Chapter of Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century and Mary Edwards Walker Chapter of Daughter of the Union Army.
She was an organizing member of the High Desert Genealogy Society, although not a member at the present time.
She influenced many people through her values and determination. She enjoyed researching the lineage of her friends and assisted many people with their applications to join different genealogical societies.
She was dearly loved by her family and will be deeply missed by all.
There will be a viewing at Victor Valley Mortuary, Friday April 12, 2013 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and a
Celebration of Life at her home in Victorville from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Hawkins WI on Sunday April 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Victor Valley Mortuary is handling services in Victorville. Nash Jackan is handling services in Lady Smith WI.
Victor Valley Mortuary & Memorial Park
15609 11th Street Victorville, CA 92392-3354
Published in the Daily Press on Apr. 10, 2013