Lela Mae Frasier - October 01, 2009
Lela Mae Frasier, 95, of North Platte, Nebr., formerly of Benkelman, Nebr., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Linden Court in North Platte.
Lela Mae was born on Sept. 16, 1914, to Walter J. and Lula Ellen Wright Oliver at the Oliver Farm, Wauneta, Nebr. As a toddler of only 2 1/2 years old, her mother died, but loving maternal care was continued by her beloved ‘Auntie Mae.’
Lela Mae attended Wauneta Grade School and High School, graduating in 1932. She continued her education at Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebr. During her studies, ‘Auntie Mae’ became gravely ill and she returned to the Oliver Farm to help her father.
On April 3, 1935, Lela Mae married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth L. Frasier. From this union, three children, Kenneth, Jr. ‘Buddy’, Judith ‘Judy’ and Jeanne, were born.
They first lived on a ranch in western Dundy County, then moved east of Wauneta and in 1937 they were able to purchase a farm-ranch northwest of Benkelman. Lela Mae and Kenneth continued their life together for the next 50 plus years.
During those days of “young family life” she embraced the activities of family, their home, gardening and details of living on their farm-ranch. She enjoyed 4-H activities and school functions – always making the “most beautiful box and best meal included” at the box socials (which were auctioned off for top dollar!).
Lela Mae was an active member of United Methodist Women (WSCS), a 50 year member of Eastern Star, Guardian of Jobs Daughters and a member of the Dundy County Extension Club. Her nest was never empty after the children left home as Sunday School teacher teaching the “tweens” became a fun and rewarding activity for both Lela Mae and Kenneth. They hosted many wiener roasts, bringing kids to their home for a great night under the stars with stories and laughter. In fact, this became a neighborhood and family activity under those beautiful trees which created memories for a lifetime! “Each Happiness of Yesterday is a Memory for Tomorrow,” was a quote found in Lela Mae’s Bible that signified her love of family and friends, whom she treasured.
After Kenneth’s death in 1987, Lela Mae moved to her new home in Ogallala, Nebr., growing beautiful flowers and continuing to enjoy her many friends, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her activities continued with the Methodist Church, WSCS, Circle and American Mother’s Culture Club. She shared her roses with many, read to the handicapped children at the ESU 16 School, played “old Maid” with numerous neighbor children and made sure no one left her house hungry or thirsty! Lela Mae was deeply loved and will be equally missed by all.
Lela Mae is survived by her children: Kenneth ‘Buddy’ and Elaine Frasier of Max, Nebr., Marty and Judy Frasier-Gutschenritter of North Platte, Nebr., and John and Jeanne Frasier-Lambert of Fort Collins, Colo.; nine grandchildren: Marshall and Kathi Frasier, Marc and Kelli Lambert-Weiner, Michael and Jennifer Horn-Frasier, Shawn Lambert, Steve and Jennifer Frasier-Davison, Robert and Camilla Lambert-Mitelman, Todd and Michelle Gutschenritter, Jennifer Gutschenritter-Harrison, Matt and Kendra Gutschenritter-Beeners; 18 great-grandchildren: Brenda and Kevin Frasier, Ainsley, Corbin and Shelby DuCharme, Max and Ben Weiner, Laurel, Lainie and Allie Mitelman, Jake and Regan Gutschenritter, Emma and Ella Harrison, Max and Macie Beeners, Nicholas and Laura Davison and Bridget and Muriel Brown; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.
Mother left this earth with the dignity she lived her life. After a peaceful day on the last day of September, she simply slept and by morning entered her eternal life and joined the “love of her life” and husband, Kenneth. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Walter J. and Lula E. Oliver; and many loved ones.
A celebration of her life was held at 11 a.m. MT Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta, with Pastor Judith Dye officiating.
Internment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery. Visitation is prior to the service at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the National Jewish Hospital at 1400 Jackson St., Denver, CO 80206 (www.njhealth.org), “Run for Hope for Carcinoid Cancer Research” PVHF, 2127 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins, CO. 80528 (www.pvhs.org) or the charity of choice.
The online guest book may be signed at odeanchapel.com. Odean Colonial Chapel At C and Sycamore in North Platte is in charge of arrangements.