Fay Frazier, 88, of Simi Valley, Calif., and a former Baker County resident, died April 6, 2001, at her daughter’s home in Yakima, Wash.
Her graveside funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. A Christian memorial service will be held at a later date in Simi Valley, Calif.
Mrs. Frazier was born Nov. 29, 1912, at Ardmore, Okla., to Robert Clinton Franklin Byrne and Mary Elizabeth Crow Byrne. She met Farnum Boyd Frazier while living in Roy, N.M., and they were married Jan. 7, 1929, at Clayton, N.M.
They lived in New Mexico until moving to Southern California in the early 1940s. During World War II she worked as a riveter at Ryan Aircraft. About 1946 the couple moved to Halfway, where they farmed.
Mr. Frazier died in 1973, and Mrs. Frazier moved to Simi Valley, Calif., in 1976, where she lived until her death.
Mrs. Frazier enjoyed reading the Bible, praying, cooking, baking and shopping. She was devoted to her family and active in her church. Earlier, she taught Sunday school, and later she served as the “Sunshine Chairman” for her church greeting card ministry. She had beautiful handwriting and a special way with written words.
She will be dearly missed by her family.
She is survived by her daughters, Glenda Jean Smith and her husband, Ray, of Simi Valley, and Carol Lynn Helmick and her husband, Loel, of Yakima; five grandchildren, Farnum and Bryan Smith, and Loy, Charmel and Tessa Helmick; nine great-grandchildren: Tessa Helmick’s children, Mark, Brooke and Desmond; Bryan’s children, Jordan, Shelby, Cory and Olivia; and Farnum’s children, Jesse and Madison; and she was looking forward to the birth of her 10th great-grandchild, Charmel’s baby; she also leaves behind several extended family members.
Mrs. Frazier was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers, Homer and Loy; and her sister, Olive.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 13, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor