Ida Frances (Fran) Sorenson passed away in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the age of 97. A memorial service will be held on March 28, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater. Following this service, Fran will be placed to rest next to her husband, Helmer, in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Fran was born on December 27, 1920, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Josephus Clay and Alsie (Bailey) Friddle. She was raised in Birmingham and received her Bachelor of Arts from Birmingham Southern College in 1941. She joined the NAVY in 1942 and was enrolled in the second class of WAVEs to attend Officers Candidate School. Following completion of this training, she was assigned to Jacksonville Naval Air Station where she supported the Chief of Communications. After her honorable discharge at the close of WWII, she attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, where she met her husband and life partner, Helmer E. Sorenson. They were married in Birmingham on September 19, 1946, and enjoyed almost 60 years of marriage prior his death in 2007. They moved to Stillwater in 1949, where she made lifelong friends and became active in many university and town organizations, while raising her four children.
Fran developed a true love for the OSU Cowboys, Stillwater and her many friends during her 68 years of active participation in the community. She was a member of many clubs, including PEO, alumnae advisor to the OSU chapter of Alpha Chi Omega, Lahoma Club and the OSU Emeriti Association. Fran was a familiar figure throughout the community. She played a key role in the establishment of the Sheerar Museum while serving as President of the Arts & Humanities Council. She was also active in the Rotary Anns, the United Methodist Women, and multiple PTAs as her children progressed through the Stillwater Public Schools.
Her hobbies included: golf, where she served as President of the Women’s Golf League at Stillwater Country Club; quilting, where she was a member of the Cimarron Valley Quilting Guild for many years; bridge, which she continued to play with multiple bridge clubs until well into her 90’s; and gardening, where she was active in the local Garden Club.
Survivors include three sons: Joe C. Sorenson and his wife, Laura, of Menlo Park, California, Russell G. Sorenson and his wife, Barbara, of Reston, Virginia, and Lee A. Sorenson and his wife, Elaine, of Pittsford, New York; one daughter, Janet Sorenson of Stillwater, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Nicholas Sorenson and his wife, Sara, of Smyrna, Georgia, Kara Matute and her husband, Franklin, of Dallas, Texas, Christopher Sorenson of Menlo Park, California, and Jennifer Mitchell of Chandler, Arizona; and five great-grandchildren, Greyson and Madelyn Mitchell of Chandler, Connor and Owen Sorenson of Smyrna, and Hudson Matute of Dallas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sorenson Family Scholarship via the OSU Foundation.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com .