Frieda Ivanovna Patterson (1948 - 2016)

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Frieda Ivanovna Patterson passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb 13, 2016. She was
67 and born Oct 6, 1948 in Soviet Russia and after schooling and various jobs there, she
ended up working as a trained nurse at a day care center in southern Russia on the Black
Sea. It suited her kind nature and tender loving heart. She was 31 when she married Mark
Patterson (after a two year courtship) who was working on American cargo ships hauling grain
into southern Russia. They settled in Fall Creek, OR, where Frieda quickly assimilated to her
new country and deepened her love of the outdoors and made many friends. Frieda enjoyed
short road trips exploring her new state, hiking and fishing the mountain streams and lakes,
along with longer trips to national parks and other sights. She volunteered with the University
of Oregon, post graduate studies in the Russian language and with her helping nature and
love of others she went to beauty school in order to find work while her husband was out to
sea.
After 13 years in Oregon they moved to Juneau in 1994, where she fell in love with the
beauty of the land and was amazed at the still lingering heritage of Alaska's Russian era. She
would hike the trails with her beloved Siberian Husky Mishka (means "bear" in Russian) and
cross country ski with friends, along with attending concerts and other cultural events here in
Juneau. She was very active and always on the go. Eventually she bought the beauty shop
at the Baranof Hotel and named it after her dog Mishka. Frieda loved to travel, visiting
relatives and basking on warm sandy beaches and seeing new sights.
Frieda was preceded in death by her mother Tatyana Manzina (Russia) and brother
Leonoid Manzina (Moscow). She is survived by her husband Mark (Tee Harbor) and neice
Olga Barannikova (Moscow). She is also survived by mother-in-law Rose M. Patterson
(Edmonds), sister-in-law Adella Walter (Bill) (Hilo, HI) and ten (by marriage) much loved neices
and nephews, plus two sisters-in-law Jean Patterson (Seattle) and Martha Patterson
(Caldwell, ID). Also preceded by father-in-law Walter Patterson and brothers-in-law Harlan
Patterson and Mel Patterson.
She was much loved and will be sorely missed. Her desire was to have no services held
on her behalf.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 19 to Mar. 20, 2016