Millent June FRAZER (nee Black)

Millicent June Frazer

(nee Black)

June 15, 1933 – Sept. 13, 2015

With sadness and love, we say farewell to our Mom and Oma. June was 19 when she left Creston, BC to begin an exciting life with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Travelling to Ontario for basic training was an adventure in itself, and she excelled at her chosen career. She met a young pilot officer named John Loughton Frazer, and although they weren’t supposed to fraternize, eventually they became engaged. Mom had to leave the RCAF, and her career as a military wife began. A year later their son Brad arrived, followed by daughters Lee and Kim, and another son, Drew – each born in a different province. The exciting life Mom dreamed of became a reality with postings all across Canada, France, Germany (twice), Norway, the US and Africa before Dad retired in 1986. Throughout, Mom maintained her interest and activities in various voluntary capacities including Girl Guides, horseback riding for kids with physical challenges, and women’s issues.

Settling on Salt Spring Island, they built their home and continued building their reputation as warm and welcoming hosts as many friends visited and enjoyed the wonderful food, wine and company. Full retirement wasn’t to be and as with their military life, Mom’s support was critical to Dad’s success as he then took on politics and the Veteran’s Review and Appeal Board. Mom looked after things on SSI, including volunteering at Seniors for Seniors and the Mobile Mammography Screening Clinic.

Mom was pre-deceased by her son Drew in 1984, her grandson Paul in 1998, and her husband in 2012. By this time Mom was battling Alzheimer’s in addition to other health issues and after Dad’s passing, she moved to Victoria to be closer to family and care. June has been a good friend to many, an amazing Mother to her children and a fun and loving Oma to her grandchildren. June’s final years were not easy, and she missed Dad terribly, but she carried on stubbornly, often with humour and a twinkle in her eye. June is survived by her son Brad (Susan) Frazer, daughter Lee (David) Valentine, daughter Kim (Kelly) Mann, her brother George (Barbara) Black and her sister Betty Smith, her grandchildren: Scott, (Amy), Spencer, Marites, Lindsay and Rodel, as well as great-granddaughters Bella and Chloe.

No flowers please, donations in lieu to the Alzheimer’s Society or Hospice greatly appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm. First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Saanich, BC.?

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