Judith Fries

Judith "Judy" Fries

Wednesday, July 17th, 1940 - Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
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Judy Fries, the love of my life, passed away on March 31, 2021 at Berthoud Living Center in Berthoud Colorado.

Judy was born on July 17, 1940, to Floyd and Margaret Greig, in Adrian Minnesota. She grew up in the town of Chandler Minnesota. It was there that she met her true love, Jerry, in 1956 when he started working at her father’s grain elevator. Judy would stop by the elevator everyday after school, to pick up pencils for school, but her father and his staff knew she was there to see Jerry and would find some reason to send Jerry to the office. Soon after her father invited Jerry to their home for lunch and the seeds of love were planted. Jerry sent a Christmas card to Floyd, who asked Judy to respond, and that is when their courtship began.

Just graduated from Chandler High School in 1958, the same year that Jerry was stationed in France with the US Army. They continued writing to each other and Judy moved to Minneapolis to attend nursing school at Northwestern Nursing School. She graduated in 1961, Jerry returned from France, and they were married in Chandler in 1961. They returned to Minneapolis to begin what would be 59 years of marriage. They lived in Minneapolis, transferred to Colorado, then to Missouri, then back to Colorado in 1974 where they would remain.

Judy had a passion for helping others. She and Jerry started providing foster care, and in total they were foster parents to 8 children. Her nursing career spanned many years, starting as a delivery nurse at Northwestern Hospital, then a general and head nurse in secured and open psychiatric wards at Glenwood Hills Hospital. After moving back to Colorado, she worked at Berthoud Living Center as a staff nurse, inservice director, staff development director, and director of nursing. During her time as DON, an incident occurred at Berthoud Living Center, which resulted in all of the staff and residents being displaced. Judy was assigned to another facility, which she worked tirelessly with, to improve their service delivery and obtain a perfect survey from the state. She also made time during that period to visit every resident that had been displaced and moved to other facilities across northern Colorado. Because of her efforts she was named Director of Nursing of the Year. After retiring from nursing, she spent time a short time working as an administrative assistant, then moved to working in a craft store until she retired.

Judy loved her husband, children, foster children, and grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoyed arts and crafts. She spent many hours making items for family and friends such as wedding albums, blankets, wall hangings, and beaded socks for the girls. Some of the most cherished memories and gifts are of the items that grandma made for the grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother (Tommy), her grandparents, parents, and two children Jaqueline (1969) and Michelle (2009).

She is survived, and will be dearly missed, by her husband of 59 years Jerry, a brother Bill (Roseanne) Greig, sons Robert (Christine) Fries and Tim (Jackie) Fries, a daughter Melanie (David) Heinrich, 5 grandchildren Tim (Leslie) Fries, Miranda (Jacob) Fries, Matthew Fries, Kaci Fries, and Sara Fries, two great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Posted at 09:11pm
Dear Jerry, Bob, Tim, Melanie and families,

I am so sorry and heartbroken for you that you did not get to spend time with Judy this past year. It’s just not fair. The planet is different now without her here. Knowing Judy, she is beautiful angel now and has her arms wrapped around all of you. She may even come to you in your dreams and give you angel kisses.

I have such fond memories of spending time with you all. I remember her kindness and patience. Like when I would ride with you to church and she would give me a quarter for the offering plate and I would accidently drop the coin, several times, between the cracks in the front bench seat. Or the time I took Shelley out on the rocks in the middle of the river and the time I rode Tim on the back of my bike and crashed us. I remember standing in the street as you drove east on Brockway when you all moved.

I am so glad I got to come visit you both back in 2014, the love between you so observable and sweet. She had so much love to give and that never ends. I hope you all can still feel it.

Warmly and with love,
Beth Beery

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