Mildred Daniels Freiday was a lifetime resident of Mohave County and was residing in Kingman at the time of her death. Her long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's came to a peaceful end on the evening of Aug. 20, 2008, in Kingman.
Mildred was born Mildred Daniels Leichsenring to Ernst and Mildred Leichsenring on Sept. 3, 1919, in Logan, Utah. Her mother had returned to Logan to give birth to her due to the lack of a doctor in Oatman at that time.
Mildred's education had a bit of a rough start. Even though she was an excellent student, her first grade teacher kept her back because Mildred was just too shy. Mildred graduated from Mohave County Union High School in 1938. Mildred continued to be an excellent student, having attended college in Logan and the University of Arizona, where she also tutored students in English. She never got over the shyness, however.
Before the start of World War II, Miss Leichsenring was the postmistress in Goldroad, Ariz. During that employment and at quite a young age, she mastered the ability to curse fluently in the Mexican language; this could be a bit embarrassing as her children got older and realized what she was really saying.
Our mother was one of those moms who always helped out with activities at school, Scouts, baseball and numerous other activities. If no one else would do it, she would do it by herself. She worked for many years as a volunteer at the Mohave County Fair. She was a member of the Mohave County Daughters of the Pioneers. Through these activities and organizations, she made countless lifetime area friends. Many of those friends spent countless hours enjoying one of the wonderful meals Mildred was known for preparing.
Mom was quite proud of her military service in the Navy Quartermaster Corps, having served for all of World War II in Oakland and Salt Lake City. During her time in the Navy, she operated some of the very early computers which aided in the flow of ration cards throughout the Western U.S. The Army had a reputation for having to hitch rides with the Navy to get where they had to go. This led to much laughter from onlookers in Oakland when Mildred shared a bicycle built for two with an Army private and looked back after several blocks to discover he wasn't pedaling.
Mother is survived by her husband of 61 years, B.A. Freiday. Mom and Dad began having the occasional date after the war, and at the same time, Mom started attending the U of A. Dad would fly her back and forth to school in his little Aeronca airplane. At the end of the school year, Mom decided to come home and marry Dad and rescue him from the clutches of the nefarious, and still to this day, nameless "cross-eyed blond." Mom and Dad were business partners in Freiday Construction for more than 30 years, where she was the office manager, bookkeeper, and the throttle that kept Father's train on the tracks. After retirement, she and Father saw pretty much all of the U.S., Canada and Mexico in their old motor home. Some of Mom's retrieval missions of father from the local pubs are the stuff Kingman legends are made of. Most of them are even true.
Mother is preceded in death by her parents and beloved brother, E. E. "Ted" Leichsenring.
In addition to being survived by her husband, Mildred is survived by her children, B.K. Arnold and husband George; son, William (Fud) Freiday and his wife Christie and their children and grandchildren, Nicole Freiday, Jennifer and Jerol Jones, Bryce, Landin, Megan McCarty, Riley, Christopher McCarty, Michael and Melissa Alvarado, Tracy and Janner Greenhow, Jade and Jace and Kate Schoenauer; son, Bob Freiday and his wife Roxanne and their children, Alexandra, Ryan and Cole. She is also survived by her Westinghouse refrigerator of 61 years, which she greatly admired for its years of uninterrupted service and efficiency. She always insisted that she be buried in it, which at this time looks doubtful in its legality.
A special thanks for the years of exceptional care, love and the monumental amount of plain old hard labor that our sister B.K. willingly gave to our mother. This is a debt that can truly never be repaid. The whole family would also like to thank Cindy Olivas for the care and friendship she showed our mother when she needed it most. One last thank you to Kelly Jackson who assisted in our mother's care when Cindy or B.K. took a much-needed day off.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Sutton Funeral Home. Immediately following, there will be a gathering of family and friends at the Elks.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale, Kingman, AZ 86401-5708.