Courtney A. Person

courtney person

February 5, 1982 ~ November 18, 2022

Born in: Fargo, ND
Resided in: Lisbon, ND

Courtney Person, 40, was tragically taken by a house fire in Lisbon, ND on November 18th, 2022. Courtney Ann Friese was born February 5th, 1982 in Fargo. She was the daughter of Patrick Friese and Deborah (Craig) Friese.

She grew up in the May-Port area and graduated from May-Port-C-G in 2000. She was an honor student and kept stats for the girls volleyball team. After graduation she attended Valley City State where she met her future husband, Jon Person. Together they had one daughter, Brooklyn.

The family moved to Moorhead and Courtney attended NDSU where she earned a four-year degree in Equine Science. She was involved in the “Riding on Angel Wings” program for several years. She loved all animals but had a special soft spot for cats. She took in many strays, had them fixed and offered them a home if they chose to stay. She was a second generation “cat freak”, with Brooklyn being the third.

Jon and Courtney both found jobs at Bobcat, so they moved to his hometown of Lisbon, bought a house and settled there. Courtney enjoyed playing Yahtzee, Pinochle, and Scrabble, of course there was always some laughing involved. She had a good but odd sense of humor. Imagine that! She also enjoyed camping or just sitting quietly reading books.

Courtney loved her family and pets. It is with heavy hearts and sad eyes that we say farewell to a kind and loving daughter, wife, mother, and friend. She will be greatly missed by many. May she rest well in “kitty heaven”.

Courtney is survived by her mother, Deborah Holt of West Fargo, Daughter Brooklyn of Battle Creek, MI and father, Patrick Friese; aunts, Allison (Rick) Newman, Lake Eunice, MN, Barb (Terry) Saucke, Fargo; uncles, Clyde Craig, Fargo, Frank Craig, Pocotello, ID; brother-in-law, James (Bobbi) Person, Fargo; their sons, Dylan and Alex; sister-in-law, Lisa (Ryan) Duval, Fargo; and their sons, Owen and Rhys.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, James and Theresa Craig; aunt, Ellaine Craig; and father and mother-in-law, Allen and Bonnie Person.


Visitation - Friday: December 9, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Celebration of Life - Friday: December 9, 2022 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. So very sorry for your loss. I knew Courtney from VCSU – she was fun to know and definitely one of a kind! Praying for peace and strength for you in the days, weeks and months ahead.

  2. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Our hearts go out to all who loved her.
    Laurie, Bob, and Gracie

  3. I knew of Courtney but didn’t know her personally. One of a kind with a beautiful heart. So sad to hear of this tragedy. May her soul rest in peace & her memory live on in others. My deepest condolences to her family & dearest friends.

  4. With a heavy heart I write this to a cousin I never had the pleasure to know. May you rest in heavenly peace and to the family, my deepest sympathy to all of you. Praying for your strength and healing.

    • Very sorry for your loss. Courtney had a unique and great personality, I always enjoyed going over to their home to hangout with Brooklyn and visit with Courtney and Jon as well. I pray to all the family and friends for peace and to always cherish the memories.

  5. You have my sincere condolences Brooklyn during this difficult time. Hope you find peace with family and friends at this tragic time. Cherish. . . your memories. Prayers to you.

  6. We were neighbors with Jon and Courtney for 5 years when they lived in Moorhead. Great neighbors, always so friendly. Brooklyn watched my cats when I was out of town. Brooklyn, we are thinking of you at this sad time.
    Jackie Klinnert
    Jeff Catlson

  7. As a cousin to Jon but growing up hundreds of miles away it was always a special treat to take a trip to visit our cousins. I remember a time at the lake when the fish were really biting and Grandma Frances was running up and down the dock just trying to keep all of our hooks (dangling from long cane poles) baited. Jon was quite small- likely around 3 years old and sat at the end of the dock over very shallow water and his bobber kept floating under the dock and he didn’t even notice…us older kids would take a perch we had just caught and put it onto his hook so he would catch fish too ;-0 that was one excited kid! Cousin time is the best time and even better at the lake- as all things are

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