Marie Perakis Frisbie, 81, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at Pioneer Manor Long Term Care Facility in Gillette. Services will be held at Walker Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at 2 p.m. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and burial will be held in Odessa, Texas at a later date.
Marie Perakis Frisbie was born to Alex and Rose Perakis on December 10, 1930 in Grasscreek, Utah. Alex Perakis came through Ellis Island in 1909 at the age of 17 from Khania, Crete, Greece. Alex later met Rose in her home state of Utah. Marie grew up in Winton, where her Dad worked as a coal miner from 1930-1950. Marie attended elementary school in Winton and graduated from Reliance High School in Reliance, in 1948. Her family then moved to Rock Springs, where her father continued to mine coal.
After graduation, Marie began working at Sweetwater Memorial Hospital in Rock Springs as a nurse’s aide. She also worked at JC Penney’s Department Store and later for Freeman’s Insurance.
She then met the love of her life, Ted Frisbie. They married on March 12, 1960, at the First Congregational Church in Rock Springs. They began their new life in Casper, where Ted was involved in the oil business.
In her younger years, Marie loved to ski. She also loved to play golf and competed in Mother/Daughter tournaments in Casper with her daughter Karen. Bridge was her favorite card game and she hosted many parties. When they moved to Denver, after starting their own oil mud company, she loved going to the Denver Bronco games. She would talk about having 5 inches of snow on their laps watching the games and having a great time with friends. Some of her favorite times were the annual trips to southern Colorado to camp and fish in the mountains each 4th of July.
Marie loved Christmas. She would transform her house every year into a Winter Wonderland full of miniature villages and decorated trees. She loved doing crafts and needlework, and above all, her life’s passion was gardening. She had the most beautiful flower gardens and awesome vegetables.
While living in Casper in the 70’s, she was a member of the Ladies’ Petroleum Club. Later, after they moved to Denver, she belonged to the Petroleum A.I.M.E. Wives Club. She loved hosting parties and always had many friends where ever they lived.
Ted and Marie moved to Odessa, Texas, in mid 1980s where they lived within a 2-mile radius of Ted’s brother and extended family. She moved to Gillette in 2006 where she was able to spend the next 5 years with her grandchildren and great-grandbabies, whom she loved more than anything in the world.
Marie is survived by her brother, Lexi (Katherine) Perakis of Oklahoma City, her daughter, Karen (Rick) Cone, her two grandsons, Brandon (Jami) Cone and Bradley Cone, four great-grandchildren, Madison, Aiden, Emma Lea, and Teddy, all of Gillette, and many loving nieces and nephews living in Texas, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents Alex and Rose Perakis, and her beloved husband, Ted Frisbie.
A memorial has been established to benefit the American Cancer Society. Memorials and condolences may be sent to the family in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82718. Condolences may also be sent via our website: www.walkerfuneralgillette.com