Mary Frances Frazer, 72, a life-long resident of Escanaba, Michigan, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on January 20, 2015. Her courageous and spirited battle against medical complications from her cancer treatment 18 years ago earned the admiration of the medical and nursing staffs at the Mayo Clinic and the Bishop Noa Home. The family is grateful for the tender and professional care they provided Mary during her graceful fight.
Mary graduated from Holy Name High School in 1960. She married Richard Frazer in 1963 and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Mary began working at Delta County as a clerk in 1969 and as her career as a public servant progressed; she became the Delta County magistrate and court administrator in the mid 1970’s. Mary devoted the rest of her career in this position until her retirement in 1996. Mary was recognized by the Michigan Judicial Institute as, “one of the most knowledgeable and professional magistrates in the Michigan court system.” She was very satisfied with her magistrate job despite the frequent late night issuing of warrants and performing weekend and evening marriage ceremonies. She stated in a 1979 Daily Press interview, “It’s our job to help people: We try to be a service since this is the people’s court.”
After Mary retired in 1996, she became an 18-year cancer survivor, and devoted time to her interests, husband, 3 children, and 5 grandchildren.
Mary was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #82 since 1980, a long-time member of the Escanaba Elks Auxiliary, a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, a Golden Eagle member of the Escanaba Eagles Club Aerie 1088, and served on the Board of Directors at the Public Service Employees Credit Union (now Northern United).
Mary enjoyed bingo, cooking for her family, canning, reading, playing slots with her husband, and volunteering at St. Peter’s Mission library in Arizona while vacationing. One of her most memorable travel experiences was when she and Dick traveled to Ireland in 1998 where she kissed the Blarney Stone.
She is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Frazer; sons, Rick (Heidi) Frazer of Green Bay and Scott (Jeanette) Frazer of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; and daughter, Cindy Langdon of Escanaba. Grandchildren from Rick include: David (Brin) Frazer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jon (Katie) Frazer of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Krista Frazer of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Grandchildren from Cindy include: Jared Langdon and Elise Langdon, both of Escanaba.
Mary is also survived by sisters, Sr. Barbara Jean of Bapchule, Arizona, Patricia Abba of Escanaba, Barbara (Robert) Tebear of Escanaba, Virginia (George) Kang of Little Chute, Wisconsin, Marcia (Pat) Verhamme of Escanaba, and Margaret (Michael) Dawson of Allen, Texas, as well as brother, Robert (Debbie) Butler of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Alice Butler; and brothers, John Butler and William A. Butler.
Visitation will be on Saturday, January 24th from 9 to 11:15 a.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. A eulogy will be said at 11:15 a.m. at the funeral home. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at noon at St. Anne’s Church with Rev. Francis DeGroot officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter Indian Mission School, P.O. Box 10840, 1500 N. Peter Rd., Bapchule, AZ 85121.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Frazer family with arrangements.