Falmouth, MA — Anne M. Fries passed away peacefully on November 8th at the JML Care Center in Falmouth, MA. She had just celebrated her 100th birthday in September with her large family.
Anne was born in Lawrence, MA as the oldest of six children. Her family moved to Haverhill, and Anne grew up in a French speaking neighborhood near St. Joseph’s Church, where she attended school. For many years, Anne operated a beauty shop at the corner of Marsh Avenue and Main Street in Haverhill. She married Albert E. Fries in 1940 and they raised two sons on Marsh Avenue, where Anne and Al lived until their retirement. The family also had a beach cottage at Seabrook Beach, NH that was the scene of many wonderful times. Anne was a skilled seamstress and an extraordinary cook, and her greatest joy was to have her family gathered around her table sharing one of her culinary creations.
In their retirement, Anne and Al lived the RV lifestyle, exploring the country in a camper-van as they summered in Wells Beach, ME and wintered in Mesa, AZ. After Al’s death in 1985, Anne moved to Falmouth to be closer to her family, though she continued to spend winters in Mesa. She lived in her own home with her dog, Fritzi until she was 97, and insisted that everyone she met call her “Grammy Fries.”
Anne is survived by her two sons Donald E. Fries of Falmouth and Robert A. Fries of Waterville Valley, NH. Her surviving sister, Jeanette Francis, lives in Haverhill. Anne leaves six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren are Peter A. Fries of Kirkland, WA, Barry R. Fries of Swampscott, MA, Jennifer A. Fries of Cambridge, MA, Alison B. Delaney of Pulaski, TN, Bailey E. Fries of Burlington, VT, and Christopher S. Fries of Bennington, VT.
Her family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff of the JML Care Center for the years of kindness and loving care they gave to Anne. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in her memory to the JML Care Center, 184 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540.
ARRANGEMENTS: In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. The family will gather at a later time for a private interment in Haverhill.