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Mary Sue Poruben Friedell

Obituary Date: Monday, January 13, 2020

Mary Sue Poruben Friedell went home to be in the loving care of the Lord Friday, January 10th.  Her unforeseen passing occurred peacefully with her family gathered around her.

Mary Sue was born on December 14, 1947 in Macon, Georgia to Ben and Edith Poruben.  The family later moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where at an early age Mary Sue studied violin and was selected to perform with the All-State High School Orchestra and Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. For several summers she served as a counselor at Lutheridge, a Lutheran camp in Arden, North Carolina. In 1970 she graduated from Huntingdon College with a degree in Elementary Education.  That same year she married the love of her life, Earl Julius Friedell.  Mary Sue worked as an elementary teacher in Georgia at several Gwinnett County schools for over 25 years.

Mary Sue was a loving and dedicated daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Family was very important to her and nothing made Mary Sue happier than having all her family together.  Her kind and caring life extended not only to her family, but to her many friends.  She has been a blessing to many, and the valuable lessons she has taught through her life are precious gifts.

Mary Sue is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Earl; her children, Kathleen Pawson and husband Jim; P.J. Friedell and wife Nola; grandchildren, Alex and Abby Pawson, Rich and Coleman Friedell; sister, Patsy Poruben Scott and husband Mark.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 1 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lilburn. Pastor Katie Christie will officiate. The Family will receive friends Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 12 PM – 1 PM at the church prior to the service. There will be finger foods served at the church following the service. With no surprise to those who knew her, Mary Sue Friedell, requested a donation to the American Heart Association instead of flowers. Should you choose to donate, please send email receipts to [email protected].

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Funeral Date
01/16/2020 at 1:00PM
Funeral Home
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel
(770) 945-6924
3481 Hamilton Mill Rd., Buford 30519