Obituary of Charlene Frasier
Charlene May Gallagher Frasier, 81 of Auburn, WA, passed away on February 10, 2022.
She was born in Seattle on April 21, 1940, a daughter of the late George and Alice Gallagher.
Charlene was a resident of the Seattle and Renton areas for 81 years and a member of the Renton High School graduating class of 1958. On March 20, 1959, she married her best friend, Lee Frasier, at the Bryn Mawr United Methodist Church which was just a few blocks away from the home she grew up in. She worked for Boeing for two years as a parts expediter. When George and Mike were born she focused on being a stay-at-home mom. Much to George and Mike's dismay, Charlene joined the staff at Bryn Mawr Elementary School, where they were both students. She had a 30-year career with the Renton School district as the recess supervisor and lead secretary.
She was recognized with The Renton School District Outstanding Employee Award and the Bryn Mawr Elementary School Golden Acorn Award. Her interests included calligraphy, photography and spending time with her children, grandchild and great grandkids.
Charlene was a loving wife, devoted mother, and a fierce friend. She loved children and her work with the students, teachers, and administrators at Bryn Mawr Elementary School. Her work at the school was truly her dream job. Her impact is still felt today in all the people whose lives she touched at Bryn Mawr.
When Charlene walked into a room, she quickly made friends with everyone present; she never knew a stranger. Being around people, particularly her friends and family, was her happy place. Charlene also never lost her willingness to pitch in when and where needed. As she was recovering from an illness at a local care center late in 2021, she would spend time chatting with the nurses at the reception area. One of her caregivers related the following story. The phone rang and she picked it up. And just like the administrative professional she was, tried to comfort the person on the other end of the line. They said they were ready to offer her a job on the spot.
Charlene had the special gift of being able to connect with people in an authentic and loving way. She left a mark on those she touched that will be remembered and cherished forever.
Charlene is survived by her husband of 63 years, Lee Frasier. She is also survived by her sons, George Frasier (Janie) of Auburn, WA and Michael Frasier (Kymberlee) of Seattle, WA; her sister, Betty Williams (Bill) of LaConner, WA; her granddaughter Alexandra Alfano (Eric) of Wilkeson, WA and her great grandchildren Colton and Cody Alfano
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Charlene Frasier to the WSU College of Education, George and Alice Gallagher Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 642114, Pullman, WA
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