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Frieda Lee Batten


Frieda Lee Batten

Freida Lee Batten (née Stone), age 73, passed away on February 21, 2016, after succumbing to cancer. She was born in Lovington, New Mexico in 1942 to Fred and Lessie Stone. Her family moved to Goldendale at the start of World War II so her father could work on construction of the Hanford Reserve. She graduated from Goldendale High School in 1960 where she served as Salutatorian. In 1966, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of California at Davis, followed by a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of California at San Francisco in 1970, where she graduated summer cum laude. Although early on she helped her parents in their plumbing and second-hand businesses, she lived most of her adult life in San Francisco, California, where she worked as a librarian in Oakland and later as a dispatch supervisor for a shipping company. In 1996, she moved back to Goldendale to take care of her elderly mother, and has lived here for the last 20 years. Freida was a life-long opera aficionado and member of the San Francisco Opera Standee's association, a supporter of progressive causes, an avid and scholarly bibliophile, a history buff, and a consummate intellect.

Freida is survived by her sister-in-law, Grace Stone of Kennewick, Washington; nephews Terry Stone (and wife, Deborah) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Chris Stone (and wife, Dana) of Kennewick; niece Kyleen Zimber (and husband, Brent) of Silverton, Oregon; grand nephews Jason Stone (and wife, Trina) of Mason City, Iowa, Lawren Stone (and wife, Sriti) of Long Beach, California, Andrew Stone of Irrigon, Oregon, and Tyler Stone of Boardman, Oregon; grand nieces Kandice Bowe (and husband Morgan) of John Day, Oregon, Krista Stone of Kennewick, Jasmine Gower of Beaverton, Oregon, and Kerryn Gower of Sublimity, Oregon; along with 4 great-grand nieces and one great-grand nephew, and numerous cousins and friends all over the United States. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Gary Stone, and her nephew, Tamron Stone.

No services are planned. She has requested her ashes be scattered in San Francisco Bay.


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