Life Story for
Libby Friedman, of Scottsdale, passed away on November 19, 2017. Libby was born February 9, 1924 in Belleville, Illinois and was the youngest of the 4 children born to Tillie and Jacob Friedman. Libby spent the early years of her life in Belleville. After graduating from Belleville Township High School, she enrolled at the University of Illinois. At U of I she worked hard not only maintaining good grades but outside of class earning money to help pay for her education.
After graduating from the University of Illinois, Libby lived in Wheeling, Illinois for several years. She moved to Phoenix in 1962 to be close to her mother and oldest brother Victor (‘Vic’) and his family. Libby always claimed the Vic ‘raised her’ since her father (Jacob) wasn’t home much of the time.
Once settled in Phoenix, Libby entered the graduate program at ASU and earned her first Masters Degree in Education. In 1964, Libby moved to Las Vegas to accept a teaching position at Rancho High School. She taught there for 3 years before returning to Phoenix in 1967.
Back in Phoenix Libby re-enrolled at ASU and began taking classes towards a second MA. To help pay for her schooling, Libby worked as an Administrative Assistant for the University, assigned to Manzanita Hall, an on-campus all women residence dormitory. She was also busy working as a substitute teacher in the Phoenix, Glendale and Scottsdale High School systems.
In 1968, Libby received her second MA and began 20 years of teaching at Central High School and Alhambra High School in Phoenix. Her final years as an educator were spent at Camelback High School teaching and working as a guidance counselor. Libby retired from teaching in 1989.
Libby was an intrepid world traveler. She journeyed to all seven continents, including almost all of Western and Central Europe and repeated trips to Israel. In the 1970s she traveled to remote parts of the USSR. Her love of animal life inspired visits to East Africa and the Galapagos. Libby also traveled by train across Canada and journeyed to India, South America and the Far East; she spent one summer on an educational program in Japan. Libby cruised through the Panama Canal, toured Australia and even left a snowy footprint in Antarctica.
In earlier years, Libby was athletically active and enjoyed snow-skiing, swimming and tennis. She loved golfing and frustrated herself on many of the beautiful golf courses in Arizona.
Libby had a keen sense of style that was reflected in the décor of her home and clothing. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining. She was generous with her time and resources, supporting various national and local causes. Libby was a life-long learner and voracious reader; she loved visiting museums, listening to music, knitting, and an occasional cocktail (Chivas Regal preferred).
Libby was exceptionally honest, sometimes to a fault. Even in her last years, when Libby’s vision deteriorated to the point that she was legally blind, she could still discern the line between right and wrong. She called ‘em as she saw ‘em, even when it was unpopular to do so.
Left behind to cherish her memory are nieces Roberta Brimer, Ballwin, MO; Jacqueline Fierman, St. Laurent, QC, Canada; Joann Burgess (Robert) Phoenix and nephews Michael Fierman (Helene), Encino, CA, William Fierman (Harriet), Bloomington, IN and Dennis Friedman, Phoenix.
The family suggests anyone wishing to contribute in Libby's memory to please donate to: MAZON, 101850 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90024; or CHRYSALIS SHELTER, 2055 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021.