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Frieda Pearl UrrutiaSeptember 14, 1931 ~ February 13, 2017 (age 85)
Frieda Pearl Urrutia
Frieda Pearl Urrutia, a long-time resident of the Antioch area, passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2017.
Born in Springerville, Arizona on September 14, 1931 to William and Mary Woods, Frieda (known affectionately by her family as “Pearl”) grew up in humble surroundings with her parents and 10 brothers and sisters in the nearby community of Eagar, Arizona. When Frieda was a young woman, she was a cheerleader, played the drums, and loved to sing. Being one of the older sisters in her family, however, her fondest memories included the many opportunities she had to care for her younger siblings.
At the age of 21, after graduating as a dental assistant, Frieda took a job in San Francisco. In 1952 she met the love of her life, John F. Urrutia, Jr. After a short courtship they eloped and were married more than 52 years until John died in 2004. They lived and raised their family in the Bay Area. She and John lived in South San Francisco, Daly City, Burlingame, Redwood City and. upon retirement, moved to Antioch to be closer to their children.
Frieda, a true advocate of Scouting, began as a den mother in Cub Scouts, encouraged her four boys to participate in Scouting. Even in her later years she never missed an opportunity to inspire grandchildren and young church members to work towards being Eagle Scouts.
Frieda was also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was her faith and patient determination that produced six fulltime missionaries, serving in Tennessee, Philadelphia, Canada, Australia, Korea and Guatemala. A true role model, after raising her eight children, she and John served as missionaries, themselves, in Sweetwater Texas.
Most of all Frieda loved her family and nothing made her happier than to see her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Frieda is survived by her 8 children; Micheal Urrutia (Karen), Kenneth Urrutia (Cheryl), April Leighton (Kenneth - deceased), David Urrutia (Jeran), Timothy Urrutia, Melody Parker (Gary), Candice Clark (Jimmy) and Karina Urrutia, 38 grandchildren, and 52 great grandchildren.
Memories of Frieda include her beautiful voice, her hospitality and willingness to help others, her unconditional love, and no one close to her will ever forget what an avid sports fan she was. Fond memories of Frieda will always include watching the Giants and Forty-niners with her, and listening to her cheer for them the way she always cheered for those closest to her.
She will greatly be missed.