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Frances Lucille Frazier, 104, of King City, passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Eden Valley Care Center. Frances was affectionately called "Lukie" by all who knew her. She was born Oct. 30, 1909, in Fairfield, Illinois.
Her father was in the U.S. Army, which is how Lukie and her family eventually ended up in California. She married Lawrence Ralph Frazier, a barber in town known as "Hotshot" to his friends. A nickname he received after winning almost every hand in a poker game once. Together, Lukie and Hotshot landed in King City by accident. Hotshot had a dream of going to Eureka. After leaving southern California they slowly went north, stopping in Paso Robles until a linen guy servicing the barber shop where Hotshot worked mentioned there was an opening in King City for a barber. They moved to King City were Lukie has lived since the early 1930's.
Lukie worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 36 years as the Post Mistress and retired in 1969. Her Post Office years were very memorable for Lukie. Before 1946, you had to go to the Post Office to get your mail. The mail had to be ready by 8:00 a.m. every morning so the merchants could pick up their mail. She recalled that she and her co-workers would get upset, rushing to get the mail in the right slots, only to see the merchants stand outside the Post Office and B/S for 20 minutes.
Lukie has always been known for her smile and positive attitude on life. She never met a stranger she didn't like. Her engagement with other people was a big factor in her good health and independence. She believed in the importance of a daily routine to "Put herself together." Her days may have included playing bridge, volunteering at Mee Memorial Hospital and of course attending the Silver Kings and Queens functions. She has traveled far and wide with the group. She especially enjoyed the gambling trips. She said that when she felt down, she would get out of the house and around people. Lukie will be missed by her family and friends. We were so fortunate to have had her presence all these years.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Bunte; grandson, Barry (Gail) Bunte; great-grandchildren, Samantha Bunte and Ben Bunte; several cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members and close personal friends.
Lukie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, (Hotshot) Lawrence Ralph Frazier; son, James Frazier; son-in-law, Loran Bunte, Jr.; and grandson, Nick Bunte.
Memorials may be given to the Angela Grace Enterline Scholarship Fund at Citibank in Atascadero.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Eddington Funeral Services, 333 E. San Antonio Drive, King City.
For additional information, 831-385-5400, www.EFS-Cares.com
Eddington Funeral Services - King City
333 E San Antonio Drive King City, CA 93930
Published in The Salinas Californian on Feb. 5, 2014