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J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home

811 Finley Dr, Albion, MI

OBITUARY

Elizabeth "Liz" Amy Fraser

January 17, 1928July 21, 2020

Elizabeth “Liz” Fraser passed away on July 21, 2020, at the age of 92 in Greenville, Michigan. She was born Elizabeth Amy Riley in Bloomington, Illinois, on January 17, 1928 to Guy and Geneveive Riley. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Henry Morley Fraser Jr., in June of 2004, a son David Fraser in 1966, and Grandson Steven Gilbert in 1993. She was also preceded in death by her mother, father, brothers Tommy and Bob, and sister Mary.

She is survived by her five children: Linda Fraser (Al Worrell) of Milford, Michigan; Diane Fraser of Emporia, Kansas; Kathy (Dan) Maguire of Greenville, Michigan; Morley (Susan) Fraser of Bay City, Michigan; and Doug (Carrie) Fraser of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She was especially proud of her 12 Grandchildren and 20 Great-Grandchildren, who brought her so much joy.

Liz loved and lived well all her days, especially her 66 years invested in the Albion community. As the wife of coaching legend Morley Fraser, she was an Albion College Briton through and through, and was an active supporter of the college both in word and deed, even after her husband passed away 16 years ago. She continued attending sports games, meeting each new college president, encouraging the recipients of the Morley Fraser scholarship, and staying in touch with former Albion College baseball and football players. She dedicated her life to helping others. One of her most proud accomplishments was earning the designation of a 20 gallon blood donor and volunteer of the year from the American Red Cross for organizing blood drives for 20 years.

She lived a life of faithfulness and kindness to God, family, and friends. She was a champion for social causes upholding life, health, justice, and love. Some of her notable efforts include: helped create the Learn to Swim Program in Albion, successfully moved legislation to save the mourning doves, worked to eliminating smoking in the dorms at Albion College, was an active member of the fundraising committee for the Calhoun County Humane Society, helped establish the Albion recycling program, wrote for the Journal of Albion for many years, was Grand Marshall for the Festival of the Forks in Albion, and was a member of Philanthropic Women.

She will be missed by so many who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m. (Private) with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Goodrich Chapel of Albion College, 201 N. Ingham St., Albion, MI 49224. Due to the current restrictions and mandates with COVID 19, please be prepared to practice social distancing and adhere to the mask requirement for being indoors. You may also View Elizabeth Fraser's Facebook page where the service will be live streamed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toward two funds at Albion College. They are the Morley Fraser Scholarship endowment fund and the Steve Gilbert Scholarship Fund for future teachers. Liz would also want to encourage and challenge people to make a difference in your own circles of influence and live your life to the full!

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service

    Friday, July 24, 2020

Memories

Elizabeth "Liz" Amy Fraser

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Bruce Gerish

July 26, 2020

Doug, Morts, and Fraser family,
Just received word of the passing of your dear Mother, what a special lady. I remember her as a “super scout and fan” for you two boys and your teams, and she was a welcome fixture at all our AlmA contests. I also fondly remember trips to Albion, where we were always greeted warmly and welcomed with a pot of chili and some awesome brownies. My heart goes out to all of you. She will be greatly missed by all that she touched.
Bruce and Bridget Gerish

Bruce Gerish

July 26, 2020

Doug and Morts and family,
Just heard about the passing of your dear mother. What a special lady. Remember her as a “super fan” for all your athletic contests especially at Alma. I also remember fondly trips to the house in Albion where we were always greeted with a pot of chili and some outstanding brownies. My heart goes out to you, she will be missed by all that she touched.
Bruce Gerish

Caroline B Smith

July 23, 2020

Our sincere condolences to all of Liz's family. We had such good times with Liz and Morley way back in the late '50s and early '60s when we were all young parents. Our Methodist Church couples group was going great guns, and we had lots of wonderful parties. I remember being at Liz and Morley's house with my two year old son one afternoon when Liz's kids were coming in from school. "Mom, where's my...........?" was asked by several of her kids, and her reply each time was, "I don't know." I thought, now that's the way to foster self-sufficiency and responsibility. I took many lessons from her parenting book.

John and Jan Shedd

July 23, 2020

What a "Lady" Liz was and will be remembered that way for many years to come. She was a neighbor across Harrington's playground, two of her children were in school with us......Linda in 66 and David with (Jan) in 67 and others not far behind. Great times shared at AHS, watching games, swimming for exercise, watching Albion College football and basketball. Many civic affiliations we shared and simply loving and living in Albion. Please know words are never adequate when times of sorrow come and yet we want you to know that the family is in our thoughts, as well as prayers. We know her voice will echo in memories you hold so dear, her smile will warm your memories as stories are retold and her life will always be a treasure to all of you and to us too! Most sincerely, John and Jan Shedd

Jan Fourn

July 23, 2020

What a beautiful, wonderful, upbeat, full of life person! Liz would alway ask how our family was doing each time we saw her at church. She had a special energy around her and got things done. When our daughter needed a bone marrow transplant, Liz organized a special blood drive to help her find a match. We will be forever grateful for this. We’ll miss her very much. What a wonderful inspiration for your family.

Trish Kern

July 23, 2020

I was so saddened to hear of Liz's passing, but what a wonderful life she led. I met my husband, Greg Kern (Class of 1987), at Albion College and quickly learned of the Fraser family's influence and impact on his life. In speaking with my father in law, Don Kern, we were able to reminisce and both feel very grateful for knowing her and her family.
Rest well Liz and know your family holds a special place in our hearts.

Trish Kern
Don Kern

Dennis and Nancy Herrick

July 23, 2020

Dear Doug and Fraser Family, We offer our loving condolences to the Fraser family on the passing of Liz. The Fraser family through Morley,Liz, and Doug have had a significant impact on the Herrick family, Initially under the mentorship of Morley and Liz and than from the wonderful act of fate which brought Doug to Seaholm high school. The Herricks have been blessed by the love, skill and strength of the Fraser’s! Our love and blessings go out to the family as Liz goes home to Morley. Dennis,Nancy, Jeff and Jordan.

Ron Riever

July 22, 2020

I just want to express how sorry I am for the entire Fraser family. Having spent most of the summers mostly at your house from the last 60's to the early 70's, your Mom was always so nice and put up with a house full of kids, which over half, were usually not even hers.
She would always make you feel welcome and was a lot less intimidating then your Dad. 92 years is a wonderful life especially, since your Mom was still able to get around and communicate with all the family members. You should celebrate her life and be PROUD of how she lived and the CLASS ACT FAMILY she raised. She will be missed by a lot of people.

Elizabeth Gray

July 22, 2020

My condolences to your family - many of my memories of your mom center around Dave since he and my brother (Bob Gray) and Donel Moore were constant companions. I remember her as a loving mom and an active church member. The Albion community has lost one of its faithful anchors.

Bobbi Sauder

July 22, 2020

Diane, Kristy, and families; My deepest sympathy to all of you. It is never easy to lose someone we love dearly. She sounds like such an inspirational person that must have left great marks on others. Hold on to your memories. Huge hugs and prayers to you. Love, Steve and Bobbi Sauder

FROM THE FAMILY

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