NORTH PLATTE -- Lela Mae Frasier, 95, formerly of Benkelman, died Thursday (Oct. 1, 2009) at Linden Court in North Platte.
She was born Sept. 16, 1914, to Walter J and Lula Ellen Wright Oliver at the Oliver Farm, Wauneta. At the age of two and a half, her mother died, but maternal care was continued by her "Auntie Mae." She attended Wauneta Grade School and High School graduating in 1932. She continued her education at Wesleyan University in Lincoln. While attending school her "Auntie Mae" became ill and she returned to the Oliver Farm to help her father.
On April 3, 1935, she married Kenneth L. Frasier. They lived on a ranch in western Dundy County before moving east of Wauneta. In 1937, they purchased a farm-ranch northwest of Benkelman. She was a homemaker and helped with 4-H activities and school functions. After her husband's death in 1987, she moved to Ogallala.
She 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. She and her husband, taught Sunday School.
She was also a member Methodist Church, WSCS, Circle and American Mother's Culture Club in Ogallala. She volunteered with the handicapped children at the ESU 16 School.
She was preceded in death by her parents Walter J. and Lula E. Oliver and husband, Kenneth.
Survivors include her children, Kenneth "Buddy" and Elaine Frasier of Max, Marty and Judy Frasier-Gutschenritter of North Platte and John and Jeanne Frasier-Lambert of Fort Collins Colo.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.
A celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. (MT) on Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Wauneta with the Rev. Judith Dye officiating. Internment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation is prior to the service at 10 a.m. The online guest book may be signed at odeanchapel.com.
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 or the charity of choice.
Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore in North Platte is in charge of arrangements.