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Katherine Frazer

1923 - 2016 SAXTONS RIVER, VT Katherine R. Frazer, 92, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, January 28, 2016. She was surrounded by her daughter, two grandchildren, and her devoted caregiver Zach. Kay was born in Hazlet, NJ on May 8, 1923 to Angelo M. and Madeline R. (Young) Webster. After her local education, Kay actively pursued her higher education in medicine and divinity, graduating from Temple University and Methodist Teaching Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. It was while she was in Philadelphia that she met the love of her life and equal, Grant. They were married there on December 28, 1954. Grant's teaching career brought the family to Saxtons River in 1960 where they would make their permanent home. Kay would always say how lucky she was to live in the beauty of Vermont. In 1965, seeing a need in the community for seniors and shut-ins to have a social outlet, Kay formed "Club 39". The Christmas parties she would host for the club were the talk of the town and highly anticipated. Also during the 60s Kay worked at the local hospital and for a local physician. She would hear complaints that patients could not be released for the simple reason of monitoring vitals or changing dressings. She proposed to a doctor that "there was no reason a nurse couldn't go into a home and do these things". Hence was born the Visiting Nurse Association out of a tiny office in Charlestown, NH. Retirement brought on being instrumental in the founding of Our Place Drop in Center as well as volunteering at Parks Place Community Resource. Kay was a very devoted and active member of Putney Friends Meeting, including herself on committees concerning her Quaker Community as well as the community at large. Many wonderful friendships evolved out of her Quaker Friends. One of her richest late life friendships was with Hattie Reeves Forsythe. The two of them were inseparable as they traveled the globe in their 70s and 80s. Kay's most important love was that of her family, that they remain close and looked after each other and that traditions were continued. Holidays were magical in Kay's house. All will agree that everything Kay made was delicious; the secret ingredient was the joy of doing for others. Kay is survived by her son Dr. James E. Frazer (Sharon) of Mishawaka, IN and their children, Anne and Ted (Jen); her daughter, Susan R. Frazer-Stebbins of Saxtons River, VT and her children, Rachel Stebbins-Navy, Caleb, and Amy (Don); seven great-grand-children; three special nieces Kathy, Betsy, and Debbie; several nephews; and many deeply loved longtime friends. Kay was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Grant, her brother, Allen, and her son-in-law, Charles. SERVICES: There will be a memorial gathering at the Putney Friends Meeting House, Saturday, February 20th at 1p.m. Donations in Kay's name may be made to the Putney Friends Meeting, c/o The Treasurer, Putney, VT 05346.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 4, 2016
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