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LaRue M. (Bengston) Frasier


1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
LaRue M. Frasier, 91, known for fostering music in the Woodrow
community, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care
Center in Brush. Through teaching piano, organizing vocal groups and
directing music in the Last Chance church, her love of music launched
generations of local musicians.



LaRue was born March 24, 1926, in McPherson, KS, the first child of
Erland & Esther Bengtson. She was raised in the Swedish community of
Lindsborg, KS, and maintained Swedish customs in her home, especially
at Christmas.



She earned a music education degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg,
and completed additional undergraduate work at Fort Hays State College
and Colorado Teacher's College (now UNC). Her family had moved to
western Kansas during LaRue's high school years, and she began her
teaching career in Weskan, KS schools.



On June 4, 1955, she married Marshall Frasier, with whom she'd
graduated from high school in Sharon Springs, KS. They moved to the
Frasier family ranch in Washington County where LaRue learned to ride
horseback. She also worked horses under light harness, learning to
drive a buggy that appeared in several local parades. LaRue was a
Master Farm Homemaker, a member of the Colorado & Washington County
Cowbelles, and a charter member of the Limon – Woodlin Music Club.
She was also a very active member of the Howard United Methodist
Church in Last Chance. Her passion for music – playing the keyboard,
singing, and directing choirs – has lived on through several community
organizations. LaRue was also known for hosting elaborate dinner
parties at the ranch.



Survivors include her three sons, Joe (Cindy) of Limon; Mark (Tina) of
Fort Morgan, and Chris (Leanna) of Denver; 4 grandchildren and 3 great
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall,
and a brother, Laurin.

Funeral services will be held at the Howard United Methodist Church in
Last Chance on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 11:00 AM. Following a
reception, interment will be at the Walks Camp Cemetery at 1:30 PM.
The family asks that memorial gifts be made either to the Howard
United Methodist Church or the Limon – Woodlin Music Club c/o the Heer
Mortuary in Brush.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on June 1, 2017
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