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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.

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