Constance L. Frazier, age 79, of Winter Park, FL, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Arlington, MA, the only child of Constance and Robert Gibbons. Graduating from Matignon High School in 1956, she went on to pursue education to become a teacher. Obtaining a Master’s degree from the State Teachers College at Boston, she was remembered for her disarming smile and being a ‘bookworm with the wings of a social butterfly’. Connie was a loved fourth grade teacher in the Cambridge Public Schools who was known for directing the school plays and taking every one of her classes on a field trip to the public library so that each student would get their own first library card and share her love of reading (especially mystery novels). She left teaching after marrying her lifelong love, Malcolm Frazier, in 1966 and created loving and happy homes for her husband and daughter, Holly, in Concord and Medfield, MA and Center Harbor, NH. On retirement, she and Malcolm moved to Winter Park, FL where she was able to pursue her true passion for gardening unfettered by New England winters. She was well known among friends and family for her passion for cooking and savory appetizers at every function. Connie always enjoyed new explorations from taking ten years of Chinese cooking classes to traveling around the world to visit gardens to exploring local real estate. Wherever she went, she listened to people’s stories and provided encouragement and practical advice with wit and humor. Connie participated in many clubs during her years in Winter Park including the Women’s Club, the Winter Park Gardening Club, and the University Club and University Club chorus.
Constance was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Malcolm; her beloved daughter, Holly and soninlaw William Ballard; and her cherished grandchildren Ruth and Daniel who were her joy. She is also survived by her loving foster daughter, Jane Panchookian, and her children whom Connie adored: Theresa, Alice and Sallie.
The family would also like to express gratitude to Vitas Hospice Care, especially Mary and Wanda, for loving and exemplary care in Connie’s final year of life. This care made it possible for the family to celebrate her life each day in comfort despite her illness.
A funeral mass will be held at the Chapel at Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 N. Park Ave, Winter Park, FL on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m with Father Richard Walsh officiating. Interment at Palm Cemetery, 301 W. Webster St., Winter Park, will occur immediately following. After the interment, family and friends are then invited to gather at Boca’s Restaurant, 358 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, for refreshments. While Connie adored flowers, she cared for charity more. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to the University Club Scholarship Fund, 841 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789.
Holly, Malcolm, other membersof the family, and close friends will surely treasure many wonderful memories of Connie. Jon and I cherish ours and send our condolences.