Maurice Queen Frizzell
He was a small-town boy who liked fast cars and adventure. A father of four, Maurice Queen Frizzell died peacefully of throat cancer on October 19, 2022. He was 84.
Born in Sylva, North Carolina on May 21, 1938, Queenie grew up the fifth of nine children to Jake and Berdell (Queen) Frizzell. In 1946, the family packed up the car and drove across the country to their new home in Hamilton, Washington where he was raised.
At Sedro-Woolley High School, he lettered in football and track and graduated in 1957. It was there that he met Virginia Olson whom he married the summer after graduation. Together they had four children, Jeff, Rick, Connie Jo and Steven. They raised their family on Jamison Street in Woolley where he and Virginia were active in many community projects through the Jaycees.
Maurice served in the United States Army as a paratrooper and went on to work a variety of jobs throughout his life.
Queenie loved fast cars and spent many an evening with his brothers tinkering on their race car “Suddenly.” The Frizzell Brothers Racing Team became NHRA Champions and traveled across the United States on the drag racing circuit. This was one of his favorite memories.
Later in life, he met Corrine Parkhurst who became his partner for more than 40 years. Together they moved to Ritzville, WA where they bought The Whisperin’ Palms Restaurant and Lounge which they owned for almost 20 years. They returned to the Arlington area in 2009.
Queenie was a sharp dresser. He loved fancy cowboy boots and country music, especially Charlie Pride.
Maurice is survived by his four children, Jeff (Linda) Frizzell of Burlington, WA, Rick Frizzell of Palm Springs, California, Connie Jo (Brian) Shoemaker of Big Lake, WA and Steven Frizzell of Sedro-Woolley as well as his seven grandchildren, Jennifer Fugate, Taylor Frizzell-Wright, Kari Shoemaker, Wes Shoemaker, Danny Frizzell, Peyton Frizzell and Chase Frizzell; siblings, Carl Frizzell, Roy T. Frizzell, Ray Frizzell, Sue Sullivan and Jolline Brawley.
He was pre-deceased by his parents; brothers, Les Frizzell, Olin “Swede” Frizzell, Curtis Frizzell, partner, Corrine Parkhurst; granddaughter, Rachael Rosenbalm.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00, Friday, October 28, 2022 at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley followed by a Graveside Service at Union Cemetery with Military Honors, followed by a fellowship gathering at the Sedro-Woolley Eagles.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Cancer Care Fund of the Skagit Regional Health Foundation, P.O. Box 1376, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 in gratitude for the care he received. Share your memories of Maurice and sign the online guest register.
Queenie, as we knew him in high school, was a really neat guy. He had lots of friends and was friendly to everyone. He was fun and lettered in football and track. Ervin and I always saw him and Carl at the drag races where they were racing “Suddenly”, and us, a ’37 Chevy called the “Red Rat”. The class of ’57 will really miss him and will always remember him as a very snappy dresser and who was a good friend. We send condolences to his family.
Frizzie was always happy, fun and pleasant.
coolest uncle ever