Obituary of Miriam Yvonne Pena Frisbie
Our beloved pixie, Miriam Yvonne Pena Frisbie, lovingly known as “Mimi”, passed away on January 28, 2023, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was 78 years young, born May 6, 1944.
Having left her native Dominican Republic at the tender age of 17, Mimi embarked on an international life. She lived in New York, Hawaii, Tahiti, France, Tulsa (her adopted hometown), and Florida. She traveled extensively in the US and Europe. For nearly two decades, she worked for Southwest Airlines at the Tulsa International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers, from where she retired. Her friends at SWA became family.
Mimi always had faith in God, and her faith only grew stronger in her final years with an unwavering love for Christ. She loved Psalms 146:5 “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God”, and she would always say when things just worked out, i.e., finding a parking space, “Favor of the Lord!”. She was always graceful and dressed in great style. An original bohemian, Mimi’s free spirit was always up for adventure and travel, and she was blessed to have many friends and family who joined her. She engaged in various extreme sports - scuba diving, sky diving, whitewater rafting, and “the only Pena”, as she would say, to sail a ferro-cement boat across the Pacific as a crew member. Mimi loved music, dancing and singing. She also loved the arts and was herself an accomplished painter.
Mimi’s loving, whimsical nature and antics were legendary and those who knew her have their own stories to tell. She had an endearing way of saying people’s name or nicknaming them. She was a Phoenix-like pixie who rose from adversity with courage, strength, good sense of humor and her faith in Christ. She was able to forgive others and extend the hand of love to those in need.
Mimi was predeceased by her parents, Italia Feliz and Gustavo Pena C, her husband of 40 years, William (Stan) Frisbie, Jr., her aunt, Venecia Feliz, and her elder sister, Ana Francisca. She is survived by her siblings Gustavo A. and his wife, Brunilda; Amalia Gisela, Nelly, Griselda, Fernando Arturo, Manuel A., Maria del Pilar, and Marcos E. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, other family members, and loyal friends – all of whom will greatly miss her.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Mimi’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
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