Mary Ann Frye, 84, of Sarasota, Fla., loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Frye was born May 27, 1929, in Greencastle, Ind., the daughter of Albert and Grace Williams.
She spent most of her life in Greencastle before relocating to Sarasota in 2003 to be closer to family. While in Greencastle, she met her future husband, Walter Frye Jr., and the two would be married for 57 years before his death in 2004. Mrs. Frye was a homemaker and beloved mother to Jay, Nancy and Ted. Mrs. Frye spent thousands of hours volunteering and helping run the gift shop at Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle. For most of her life, she loved volunteering her time and helping others in her community.
She most enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and attending their sporting events and other activities, putting together puzzles, fountain Diet Cokes from 7-Eleven, gardening, cooking, golf and perhaps most of all, the simple things of life and viewing each day as a blessing. She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion and Lady of the Elks.
Mrs. Frye, also known to her grandchildren as “Bambaw,” is survived by son, Jay (Cheryl) Frye of Sarasota; daughter, Nancy (nee Frye)(significant other, Robert Christian) Lockwood of Sarasota; son, Ted Frye of Fort Wayne, Ind.; grandchildren, Scott Lockwood of Sarasota, Anthony (Della) Frye of Sarasota, Matt (Nadia) Frye of Pullman, Wash., Ashley (nee Frye) (Josh) Seward of Fort Wayne, and Alec Bunt of Fort Wayne; great-grandchildren, Maddie, A.J., Cohen, Peyton and Cody Frye; along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Walter; sisters, Irma (nee Williams) Hurst, Imogene (nee Williams) Richards and Wanda (nee Williams) Bundy; and brother, Leon Williams.
Viewing will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home, 7454 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. With a service immediately following. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota.