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Vivian Dale Austin Frieda

November 14, 1925 - February 19, 2015

Vivian Dale Austin Frieda
Longview, TX

Vivian Dale Austin Frieda age 89, of Longview was called home to God’s loving Grace February 19, 2015. She was born November 14, 1925 in Anadarko, OK to Clifford and Jewel Austin. Vivian was raised in Alice, Texas where she enjoyed riding her horse Dolly. At the age of 12 she was baptized at the First Methodist Church there in Alice where later, she became the church secretary. Vivian developed an unwavering faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, devotion to family, and a strong work ethic. No matter where she lived the Church was the center of her life. Vivian graduated from William Adam’s High School in 1943 and received her Associates degree from Texas A&I University. She was a member of Eastern Star, where she met her husband Robert (Bob) Frieda. In 1965 they moved to Bay City, Texas. It was in Bay City where she began her work with Central Power and Light where she retired after 22 years of service. Vivian also helped her husband run Frieda’s drive-in-and grocery. She enjoyed hunting with her husband, and fishing with the family. She loved to travel, before heading off on a car trip, she would sing, “off we go into the wild blue yonder.” Vivian traveled to Israel in 1995 which she talked about as a trip of a life-time.

She moved to Longview, Texas in 1998 to be closer to her daughter Nan after some health issues. Vivian was active as a volunteer for the historical museum and for the church where she was a member of the Thelma Morgan Sunday School. Vivian always knew the importance of family and gave selflessly to ensure that her family was provided for. Vivian always had a sense of knowing when she was needed, and there would be no stopping her to get to the ones she loved. When it mattered most, she was always there. 

We do not say goodbye rather until we meet again by God‘s loving grace. You will live in our hearts and our minds forever. We celebrate knowing you have no more pain, and you reside in paradise with our Heavenly Father.

The family would like to give a special “Thank You” to Virginia Rodriguez, for 17 years of friendship and caring, Taffi Crawford for the wonderful care for the last year, and Rose Hudgens, Donna Payne, Carla Jones and Beverly Chisnall.

Personal Information

Date of Death




Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Anadarko, OK


Longview, TX


Parent's Name

Clifford and Jewel Austin


Preceeded in Death By

Her parents, husband Robert Frieda, sister Kay Irwin (Scott), grandson Clifford Schnell, and her nephew Stephen Austin all precede her in passing.

Survived By

Those left to cherish Vivian's memory is her, brother CA Austin (Patty), children Kay Schnell (Ronald), Nan Gardner (Jerry), and Wayne Frieda (Sharon), grandchildren Wendy Wagner (Gary), Edie Lee (Albert), Robbie Frieda (Allison), Russell Frieda (Alicia), Greg Gardner (Paula) and John Gardner; great grandchildren Callie Wagner, Oliver Lee, Tyler and Cody Gardner, Ryder Frieda, Kali Campbell, Tyler, Diego and Alexis, and favorite nieces Lea Brogan (David) , their son Scott, and Lynn Derrick and her son, Cody.

Memorial Requests

Family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church, Longview (mail: 400 Fredonia St., Longview, TX 75601.

Funeral Home / Crematorium


Rader Funeral Home - Longview


1617 Judson Road







More Information



First United Methodist Church - Longview


400 Fredonia St.





Service & Interment

Service Location

First United Methodist Church

Service Date

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015

Service Time

2:00 pm


Visitation Location

First United Methodist Church - Cook Foyer

Visitation Date

Tuesday March 3rd, 2015

Visitation Time

3:00 pm


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