Marie Frazier Nelson

22 febrero , 192416 mayo , 2020

Marie was born on 2-22-24 in Georgetown, D.C. to Mary C. and Joseph M. Frazier, the third of 5 children.

She graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1941 and Holy Cross Business College in 1942. She was hired by the U.S. State Department immediately upon graduation.

Marie served as secretary at the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations on International Organization (1944), United Nations Conference at San Francisco (1945), and First Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in London, England (1946), where she celebrated her 22nd birthday with friends on the White Cliffs of Dover.

She was also employed as secretary at Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and while there worked in the International Group where the Marshall Plan was being developed.

She married Roy Paul Nelson on Feb. 24, 1951 and their first child Chris was born in 1952, Robin in 1954, Tracy in 1956, and Bryan in 1960.

While raising her family Marie worked periodically at the University of Oregon, typed manuscripts for students, and volunteered at the First Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon. She also typed all of her husbands many manuscripts.

She became interested in gardening after moving from Eugene to Durham in the late '90's. There her garden became a showplace. She later moved to Beaverton to be closer to her three daughters.

Marie lived a long and rich life. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and straight forward manner. She was loved by all who knew her.

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Marie Frazier Nelson


Alice Smyth

23 junio , 2020

My husband, Spencer, & I enjoyed having Marie and Paul as our neighbors in Durham for 10 years. We loved to visit with them, and we appreciated Paul’s entertaining writing and cartoons.

We probably met Marie first when we would go for neighborhood walks, and find her tending her gorgeous flower beds in their front garden. She was so friendly and seemed to enjoy chatting with passersby, and of course, I wanted to learn all her gardening secrets. And she, in turn, would gladly share her prettiest flower starts with me.

Before long, our kids and their kids met her. We all become good buddies as Marie learned what our grands were up to, and she would tell us fun stories of her own grandchildren.

I loved that Marie was so warm and straightforward. You didn’t have to wonder about her stand on anything because she would always be up front. We were blessed to have known Marie and Paul, and we will always miss them, R.I.P!

I am attaching a picture of Marie with Spencer and another of Marie’s neighbor friends, Barb.

Donald Frazier

23 mayo , 2020

Yes we enjoyed out times with Cousins at the home in Tigard in recent visits We have all Uncle Paul's books like the "Design of Advertising"

Donald and Robin Frazier

23 mayo , 2020

Wonderful memories of news from Oregon at our home growing up with a package coming once in while sometimes broken inside but there was candy and books like " have you ever seen a fat Squirrel "
I learned a lot from Aunt Marie and Uncle Paul and am very proud to have them as my Aunt and Uncle.