Helen Penalope Frazier

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Helen Penalope Frazier, 76, passed away peacefully on Nov. 25, 2013 in Bozeman. She was born at home in Garden City, Kan. to Sophia and Harry Maglaras.

Helen worked at the Garden City Telegram newspaper in the mid-1950s. The managing editor, John Frazier, set her up on a blind date with his younger brother, Joe. As fate would have it, Helen married Joseph E. Frazier in a candlelight ceremony on April 6, 1958. Their marriage was a true love and their love and respect for each other will last through eternity.

Helen and Joe lived in Manhattan, Kan. while finishing college. Following Joe's transfer to the University of Idaho, they relocated to Moscow, Idaho where Helen received her bachelor's degree in elementary education. Joe, registrar at University of Idaho, watched proudly as she was awarded her degree and he signed her diploma.

The next chapter of their lives took them to Bozeman, in July 1970. While fulfilling the responsibilities as a teacher and community volunteer, she was a wife, mother, and an amazing homemaker for her family. She then expanded her career by accepting a role as an accountant at the Soil Conservation Service, where she worked until retirement.

Helen was very active and enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved and cherished her family and friends. Key activities in her life include reading, walking, traveling around the world, and gardening. She also relished the opportunity to attend the Bozeman symphony and opera. Helen was known for her cooking and baking, as well her own love of chocolate and sweets. She was very proud of her Greek heritage and embraced the opportunities for family gatherings and celebrations of her family's Greek traditions. In Bozeman, she belonged to the AG PEO Chapter (fulfilling roles as secretary, treasurer, and scholarship chairman), St. James Episcopal Church altar guild, St. James Memorial Foundation, St. James Vestry, bridge club, Literate Ladies Book Club, and served as a volunteer at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth and Terry Fuemmeler, Raytown, Mo.; son, Dan Frazier and Elisa Dussault, La Jolla, Calif.; sister, Barbara Garton and James Kester, St. Louis, Mo.; brother, Thomas and Eunice Maglaras, Broomfield, Colo.; sister, Cleopatra Merrill, Colville, Wash.; sister, Mary Petropulos, Wheeling, Ill.; sister, Patricia Maglaras, Sun City, Ariz.; grandson, James and Marsha Fuemmeler, Austin and Riley, Mt. Vernon, Wash.; granddaughter, Vicki and Bradley Nave, Adam, Eleanor, Emmaline, O'Fallon, Mo.; granddaughter, Gina and Brian Whorley, Joseph and Gabrielle, Columbia, Mo.; granddaughter, Helen Alexis Fuemmeler and Randall Melloy, Raytown, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, parents, Sophia and Harry, sisters, Angelica, Themetra, Catherine, and brother, John.

Helen was a true lady of beauty. She was elegant, strong, loving, giving, kind, generous, confident, optimistic, and the epitome of grace at all times. She knew that life on this earth wasn't the end. She never backed away from difficult times and always accepted that death was a natural part of living. She found peace and strength knowing that she would be reunited with Joe and her loved ones in eternity.

Services will be on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 1, 2013
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