Maureen Messinger Frische-Anderson
Maureen passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of March 29, 2022. She was predeceased by her parents Hal Richard and Helen Mary Messinger and her brother Rick Messinger. She is survived by her husband Louie Anderson, three sons Scott (Roxanna), Lee (Tina), Stu (Anne) Frische, son-in-law David (Montse) Anderson, sister Barbara (Lewis) Russo, brother Tom Messinger , his sisters-in-law Sheila Messinger and Rita Messinger as well as 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Maureen was born in West Hamlin, West Virginia on November 28, 1932. As a young girl, she excelled in school and became editor of the Charleston High School Yearbook. She graduated from the University of Miami in Ohio with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a double major in Art/English. She loved words and beauty and soon found her passion in artistic creation. She began her renowned art career as an illustrator for the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Maureen was inspired by the vast and varied landscapes of the Southwestern United States and was fascinated by the culture and art of its indigenous peoples. She quickly switched to pencil/pen and ink focusing primarily on the wildlife where she lived at the time. After settling with her young family in Arizona, she began to study oils and color. She studied under renowned artists like Adrian Hansen and Don Ruffin and began creating oil paintings using a palette knife. His subjects ranged from Indian portraits and ceremonial rites to Southwestern-inspired landscapes; from rich florals to peaceful still lifes. Maureen has had many solo art exhibitions and sold many paintings throughout her career. She was also a member of the Arizona Artist’s Guild, the Prescott Fine Arts Association and the Scottsdale Artist’s League for several years and served as a jury member for numerous art exhibitions. As she continued her artistic career, she began to use “mixed media” including acrylic and paper where she drew inspiration from the colors and shadows of her surroundings in Prescott, Arizona.
Maureen was an exceptional mother, grandmother, daughter and wife and was very proud of her family. She loved cooking, dancing and music and often danced in the kitchen while cooking dinner with the family.
Services will be held at Encanto Park Clubhouse: 2605 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007 on April 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Posted on April 20, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic