(June 25, 1936 – December 29, 2019)
Marilyn Adele Frazier, 83, of Grand Prairie, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at East Memorial Cemetery in Stephenville. The family will receive friends beginning at noon before the service on Saturday.
Marilyn was born on June 25, 1936 in Stephenville, Texas to the late Oscar H. and Adele Jones Frazier. While in Stephenville she attended and graduated from Stephenville High School (Class of 1954) and was a member of many organizations: F.H.A. ’51 – ’54; Booster Jackets ’51 – ’54; S.P.C. ’52 – ’54, Stinger Staff ’51 – ’54; Assistant Ed. ’52; Editor ’53 – ’54; Choral Club ’52 – ’54; President ’54; Spanish Club ’52 – ’54; Reporter ’53; Vice-President ’54; Favorite ’51 – ’53; Runner-Up for School Sweetheart ’54; Orchestra ’51 – ’54; and Class Reporter ’53. She was also a cheerleader, played on the tennis team and was an accomplished piano player.
Upon graduating from high school, Marilyn attended Tarleton State College, where her father had taught since 1924, earning an Associate of Science Degree (Class of 1956). She then moved to Austin, Texas where she attended The University of Texas, earning a Bachelor of Journalism Degree (Class of 1958). She was an active student while attending The University of Texas, writing for the Range Magazine and other undergraduate publications, and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. While at the University she met and married Bernie L. Braun with whom she had three children. Following her husband, who was working at Boeing, to Seattle, Washington; Huntsville, Alabama and Coco Beach, Florida; she finally settled in Grand Prairie, TX. Marilyn initially worked as a teacher in Grand Prairie, and as a life-long learner, continued her education later in life by earning a Master of Education Degree at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas (Class of 1983).
She suffered a severe life-threatening stroke at the age of 39. This left her with a permanent loss of function in her left arm. The disability she suffered also ended her lifelong devotion and success as an accomplished pianist. She, nonetheless, bravely pursued and earned a very coveted Librarian Certificate and was able to continue work as a librarian for the remainder of her life. In her professional career, Marilyn taught Journalism and English for nearly two decades at Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, then became a school librarian, first at Kennedy Middle School in Grand Prairie and finally at Blanton Elementary in Dallas.
After retiring, Marilyn continued her passion for children and books by volunteering at her grandchildren’s schools for many years. She also brought and ate lunch with each of them at least once a week while they were in elementary school. In recent years she was an active member of the Summit Book Club in Grand Prairie. Marilyn loved her ever-growing family and long-time friends. She was always interested in and attentive to all of her children and grandchildren’s interests and adventures. She especially enjoyed summer getaways with family and friends at the Frazier family cabin in Eldora, Colorado where she also held many fond summer memories as a teenager. Her quiet and patient demeanor was much beloved. Her loss will be deeply mourned by all her family and friends.
Survivors include her son, Michael Louis Braun; daughters, Mary Elizabeth Necessary and husband Steven, and Carolyn Anne Parker and husband Britton; brother Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier and wife Rachel; grandchildren, Alexandre Xavier Braun and wife Alicia, Megan Lee Necessary, Nicholas Wayne Necessary, and Amelie Chachere Marcantel; nephew, Jefferson Todd Frazier and wife Jennifer of Houston; niece, Allison Frazier Balser and husband Eli of California; great nieces and nephews, Ruthie Rose Balser, Abraham Balser, McReynolds Albright Frazier, and Kenzie Merriman Frazier.
Visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, at the Stephenville Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday follow visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Stephenville’s East Memorial Cemetery.