Mary Frazier

Mary Frazier

BONDVILLE – Mary Elizabeth Frazier, 88, of Bondville died at home on Monday (Feb. 13, 2017).

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Pastor Mark Elliot and Jeffrey Caithamer will be officiating.

Mary was born on Jan. 29, 1929, at Springfield to Louis Frederick & Ann Michelich Schmidt.

She married Robert Burl Frazier on April 4, 1953, in Chatham.

She is survived by her son, Robert L. Frazier of Champaign; brother, John Schmidt of Waverly; grandchildren, Mechell, Ellen and Sophia Frazier of Champaign; and daughter-in-law, Sanna G. Frazier of Champaign.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Robert; son, Thomas Frazier; twin grandsons, Spencer Robert and Kyle Louis Frazier; and brother, William Schmidt.

She held a bachelor's degree in education from Western Illinois University, Macomb, and a master's degree in education from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

For 18 years, she accompanied her husband, Lt. Col. Robert Frazier, during his USAF military career. During these years, she taught in the old Switzer and Westside schools, Champaign (1950-1958), Toul-Rosieres USAF Dependent school, France (1958-1962), Carbondale, Ill. (1962-1965), Millbrook, Ala. (1965-1969), San Bernardino, Calif. (1969-1971), Dennis School, and Decatur public schools (1971-2002).

She was privileged to teach in the first integrated public school in rural Alabama. While in California, she taught Latino students in San Bernardino.

Upon her husband's retirement, she taught at Dennis School, Decatur, Ill. (1971-2002). Having devoted herself to public school education for 52 years, she retired in 2002.

She was a partner with her husband in building Frazier Acres Subdivision, Bondville.

Mary was the recipient of the Education Advantage Award, Decatur Public Schools. She is listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Champaign.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be sent to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 (website is

Sunset Funeral Home, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign, is assisting the family in making arrangements.

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