Former Grand Lake resident Doris M. Fraser dies
Doris M. FraserDoris M. Fraser died on Oct. 22, 2011, in Billings, Mont., at the age of 95. Born to James A. and Mary C. Rector McGill in April 1916 in Enid, Okla., Doris resided in Grand Lake during the 1950s and early ’60s with her husband Dr. James Fraser and their seven children. She earned her RN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1941, after graduating from Park College, and she assisted “Doc” Fraser in providing medical care in Grand Lake during her 12 years in the area.The Grand Lake area has always been very special for Doris as the place her children grew up or were born. She was active in the Trinity Church in the Pines and square dancing and she prepared the candy for the Sweet Shop (now Polly’s) after the family began operating it at its current location in 1954. The Grand Lake area and the Fraser family’s life there were featured in the December 1959 edition of the Ladies Home Journal.Doris is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Fraser of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tami Fraser of Aspen; four sons and their wives, Terence (Linda) of Colorado Springs, Robin (Gail) of Clinton, Iowa, Scott (Jane) of Billings and Timothy (Claudia) of Eldon, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Jamie, Lori, Cameron, Andy, Taren, Michael and Amie; and seven great-grandchildren, Adele, McGill, Alexis, Savannah, Ayden, Kaitlyn and Carter. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988, and by one son, Gregory, in 1995. As is the tradition, the family will gather for interment of ashes in the Grand Lake cemetery this coming summer.While living elsewhere in the country, Doris served on the County Health Board, at a nursing home, as a hospice volunteer and an AIDS volunteer, in a number of churches and Bible Study classes, the Order of St. Luke and the “Walk to Emmaus.”A celebration of Doris’ life was held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Billings, Mont., at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. At her request, cremation has taken place, and she requested that any contributions be made to the charity of your choice. If you wish, condolences may be sent to the family through the Cremation & Funeral Gallery of Billing ‘s website (www.cfgbillings.com) by clicking on “Our Families” and then Doris’s name.
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