Elizabeth Muriel Cole Frieh


Elizabeth Muriel Cole Frieh, 93, died January 11, with her family at her bedside. The daughter of Lucretia and Veranus Cole, Libby was born on June 11, 1918 in Providence, R.I., but lived most of her life on Martha’s Vineyard. She worked as assistant town clerk in Tisbury until she became a full-time homemaker. She found love later in life, married Eugene Frieh, and raised five children.

After retiring to Sandwich in 1978, she and Gene enjoyed many years together with family and traveling. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren and celebrating all of their successes. Through all of the challenges she has faced, including recent infirmities, Libby was known for her kindness and graciousness and was loved by all of those who cared for her.

Libby was predeceased by husband and daughter, Patricia Gulini. Survivors include her brother, Francis Cole, and his wife, Virginia of Alexandria, VA; children Ann Skriletz and husband, Jay of Perry, Maine; Elizabeth Foote of Bath, Maine; Eugene Paul Frieh and wife Lisa of Marstons Mills; Philip Frieh and wife Carolyn of Saginaw, Texas; son-in-law Dave Gulini; grandchildren Jesse Foote, Caitlin Foote, Ross Pike, Elissa Pike-English, Jaques Skriletz, Erin Gulini, Matthew Gulini, Nathan Gulini, Zachary Gulini, Faye Gulini, Natalie Frieh, Kristen Frieh, Nolan Frieh, Patrick Frieh, Jason Frieh, and Brian Frieh; and great-grandchildren Patrick, Kenzee, and Charlie; dearly loved step-daughters Janet Cunningham and husband John; and Barbara Brunelle and their children and grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service celebrating Libby’s life will be held at 1:30 on Saturday, January 14, at Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven. Donations in Libby’s memory may be made to Downeast Hospice, 24 Hospital Lane, Calais, ME 04619.