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BANGOR – Mary “Ma” Frazier, wife of the late Raymond H. Frazier, said goodbye to her many friends and many more relatives as she passed away April 22, 2009, in Bangor. She was born Sept. 15, 1915, in Argentia, Newfoundland, and was educated in St. John’s, Newfoundland, one of 13 children of John and Suzanna (O’Reilly) Power. After graduating from Ballaheully Post Graduate School, she returned to Argentia, Newfoundland, to work in wartime communications at the U.S. Naval Base. After becoming a naturalized citizen of the U.S., she transferred to Quonset Point, R.I., until the war ended in 1945. She married in 1943 and traveled to many places in the U.S. with her U.S. Army Corps of Engineers husband, including Alaska and Iceland. Mary was always active in her community and church; a member of the Sodality and Daughters of Isabella of St. Mary’s Parish, Bangor. For 20 years she supervised St. Mary’s Hot Lunch Program. She greatly enjoyed the children. Mary concurrently worked 20 years at the Bangor International Airport Tax Free Shop and the last 25 years as a senior home companion. She was a member of Bangor Democratic City and Penobscot County Democratic committees, as well as a regular ward clerk for 50 years. Her knitting prowess was known by all, especially her grandchildren, as she created afghans for each based upon their favorite colors. She was a devoted wife, a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mary is survived by her son, Robert and his wife, Laurie Bem Frazier, of Gorham; her daughter, Suzanne and her husband, Roy Ziegler, of Brewer and Jenson Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Kelly Adams of Northfield, N.H., Kristin Frazier of Freeport, Allison Frazier of Bangor, Kevin Frazier, Greg Bem and Katie Bem of Gorham; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Caleb, Megan and Kendra; sisters, Monica McCarthy of Freshwater, Newfoundland, and Kay Bruce of St. John’s, Newfoundland; brother, Albert Power of St. John’s, Newfoundland; sister-in-law, Margaret Power of Milton, Mass.; hundreds of nieces and nephews; a special family pet, Rowboat; and countless faithful friends, including Alicia Black, Mitzi Rogers, Margaret Clancey, Sue Clifford, Sylvia Washburn and Herbert Skidgel. Family and friends may visit 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bangor. Burial will be in the family plot at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Senior Companion Program, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 5717 Corbett Hall, Room 301, Orono, ME 04469-5717 or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may also be offered at www.kileyandfoley.com.

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