MAVIS ROBINSON FRAZER
Beloved mother of Charles, Christopher, and Kenneth Frazer died last Tuesday, bringing to an end a long and well-travelled life.
Born in Snyder, Texas, she moved with her family to this area in 1929, settling in Alamo Heights, then moved to Kerrville to live with her uncle and grandmother, Mary Ophelia Robinson (nee Clark). Returning to San Antonio, she began school at Woodlawn
September 4, 1924 - October 2, 2018
Elementary and graduated from Brackenridge HS in 1941. When the United States entered WW2, she became a Rosie the Riveter, repairing worn or damaged B-24’s. She then moved to Hanford, Washington where construction of the second atomic bomb took place. She returned to San Antonio and attended Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Barnard College in Manhattan, and graduated from Trinity University in S.A. in 1949. She married Edward Frazer in 1950 and moved to Germany two years later. They return to San Antonio, then left for Washington, DC in 1960 and spent the next eight years living in Peru, Costa Rica, and Panama. She caught the passion for shell collecting while in Panama and taught her sons how to read the tide tables and the most likely habitats of the huge number of mollusks hiding under-foot.
She earned her MLS in Library Science in 1974 at Our Lady of the Lake University and became a librarian at Memorial HS, Eagle Pass I.S.D., and San Antonio I.S.D. from where she eventually retired in 1988. She began to travel once again, visiting beaches around the world to collect specimens for her extensive shell collection as an avid member of the San Antonio Shell Club. Her love of books and opera came from the uncle who raised her. She was an active member of the DAR, Green Mountain Boys Chapter.
She was a feminist well before the modern movement began and saw feminism in its purest, simplest form. Her mild, gentle, and quiet demeanor belied her strength and perseverance. At the time of her wedding, people closest to the couple openly predicted dissolution of the union within six months but the marriage lasted two months shy of 62 years. It was cut short only by the passing of her beloved husband,Eddie. It never occurred to their sons that Eddie and Mavis had been such an unlikely couple at first or that unconditional love wasn’t the universal fabric in every family. She is survived by her children, and their wives Adilia de los Angeles Delgado Moreira de Frazer, Joy Marlene Harrison Frazer, and Anne Pauline Sheridan Frazer, grandchildren, Carlos, Charles, Keith, Angela, Katherine, and Diego, and great-grandchildren, Alli, Raquel, Christopher Allen, Josie, Kristina, Keith Jr., Emily, Aiden, and Sophia, as well as her sister-in-law Gloria Frazer Valdespino, who has known her longest of all. She used the word "love" sparingly but she practiced it devoutly, quietly, and constantly. She loved the all.
The family is enormously grateful for the competent, comforting, tender, loving care she received from Viorica Cristea and her superb staff. In lieu of flowers the family asks one consider Mavis’s favorite charities: Friends of the Leon Valley Library, Houston Grand Opera, Southern Poverty Law Center, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Humane Society.