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Marin Independent Journal
Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Marie M. Fries
Known since childhood as Mary Ann and Mem, died peacefully at home of natural causes on April 7, 2002, with her family all around her. Mary Ann Müller was born October 24, 1912, to Dr. William and Marie Müller, in Germantown, PA. There she grew up, spending her summers in her beloved Catskill Mountains where she was a champion tree-climber. She studied Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and was awarded a scholarship to study in Europe. In 1936, she and her mother took an adventurous motor trip across the country to California where family members were stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco. It was there she met William V. Fries whom she married a year later. Mary Ann and Bill raised six children in the Bay Area, many of whom still live there with their families. Mary Ann was a long-time and very active member of the Marin Society of Artists. Her portrait paintings and lovely watercolors of familiar local landscapes are sprinkled throughout homes around Marin. In recent years Mary Ann made several more trips to Italy, France and Spain, adding more outstanding watercolors to her repertoire. Mary Ann's love of painting and traveling was matched by her passion for playing bridge and she was a sought-after member of any foursome around a card table. Her warmth, sense of humor, graciousness and serenity made her home a popular place for family and friends to congregate; she loved a lively gathering! Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband Bill and two of her grandchildren. She is survived by her six children: Timothy Fries of San Rafael, Christopher Fries of Greenbrae, Penelope Hopkins of Sun Valley, Idaho, Gregory Fries of Homer Alaska, Belinda Zell of Stinson Beach, California, and Priscilla Misner of Petaluma, California; eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. She dearly loved and was loved by her daughter-in-law and Jim, her sons-in-law. Contributions in Mary Ann's memory may be made to Hospice of Marin, 415-927-2273. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Sebastian's Church in Greenbrae on Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing preceding. Funeral arrangements are underway through Keaton's Mortuary, San Rafael.

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