Edith Veronica Frazier, age 81, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, February 22, 2021 at home in Bladensburg, Maryland.
She was born in Washington, DC on April 7, 1939. She was the youngest of seven children born to Reverend William W. and Ella Livingston Stephenson.
Edith loved her family. She grew up surrounded by a very large, loving, and doting family. Her cousins, aunts, and uncles, all lived close by, only to show the full extent of the close bond she and her family shared. That same sense of love and family would soon carry on through her children and grandchildren. She married Sylvester Lee Frazier, who, before his passing in 2017, had a wonderful and adventurous 52 years of marriage together.
Edith was educated in the District of Columbia Public School system; Burrville Elementary, Kelly Miller Junior High School and Spingarn High School from which she was the Valedictorian for each school she attended. She not only excelled academically, but went on to hold a myriad of titles, and belonged to several clubs. She was President of her graduating class, a member of the honor society, President of the French Club, Spanish Club, Vice President of the Photography Club, and the Editor of the School Newspaper. She would later attend the prestigious Howard University as well as The University of the District of Columbia.
Edith worked various jobs early in her life. Early on she was employed by AT&T in Baltimore where she was one of the First Black Group Telephone Information Operators. She was also a postal worker, teacher, auditor, and Census Bureau representative going door to door. She was extremely versatile and intelligent, using her skills and talents to adapt to any position. Later in life, she worked, hired, and supervised numerous Fotomat booths. She held many titles at Hechinger’s and received many accolades. Before she retired, she was an Administrative Assistant, but quickly advanced to Manager for a moving company.
Traveling was one of her passions. She visited Hawaii, Canada, Detroit, California (Los Angeles, Travis Air Force Base and San Francisco), Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and all up and down the Atlantic Seaboard. She really enjoyed picnicking and fishing at over 50 different sites. Edith loved Atlantic City and stayed for a day, overnight, 4 days to a week, usually winning.
Edith did a lot of the cooking (extremely well),--she would not dare show up to a party without her famous potato salad. She also enjoyed playing games such as cards (Poker, Spades, Pinochle), Scrabble, Dominoes and Pictionary. She hosted many dinner parties, passing the same love of hosting to her children.
She was a loyal contributor to the VFW, St. Jude’s Hospital and numerous other charities.
Edith was a Beautiful Soul whose love, laughter and light stood out so fiercely; she embodied what it meant to have strength, dedication, love and faith. She always surpassed excellence in everything she touched in her work, life, and family.
The Legacy she leaves is instilled in all of us. As we recount all the times we have spent with her, whether near or far, we will never forget the many valuable lessons she taught us, and the special bond she had with each and every one of us. So today we say goodbye to our mother, grandmother, sister, wife, aunt, cousin, and friend. As she departs to the Pearly Gates to be reunited with her husband and other loved ones in the Kingdom of Heaven, we can all be at ease knowing she will always be here in our hearts, which is how we will always remember her.
A Virtual Memorial Services will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on March 13, on www.rnhorton.com, click on livestream and choose the afternoon service. For any questions, please feel free to call Henry S. Washington & Sons Funeral Home @ 202-398-6700
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