August 31, 2009
Mrs. Florence Marie Trickey Fraser died early this morning at the age of 87. She resided at St. Catherine LaBoure Manor in Jacksonville, where she had lived for over four years.
Florence Fraser was a full-fledged member of our country’s greatest generation. She was born in Lonoke, Arkansas in 1922 and was just seven years old when the Great Depression began. Her father, Thomas, was a farmer, and, after earning a correspondence course teaching certificate, her mother, Olive, became a school teacher to help support the family. Growing up on a farm, Florence picked cotton as an adolescent. Her parents, her three brothers and she traveled to various churches and camp meetings to sing gospel hymns.
At the start of World War II, she left college to aid in the war effort, working in a munitions factory making bullets. During that time she lived in Little Rock sharing a small apartment with two girl friends who also worked in the war plants. In early 1945, she met U.S. Army Private Warren B. Fraser of Macclenny, Florida at a U.S.O. dance in Little Rock, just before Warren was to ship out to participate in the up-coming invasion of Japan, an event that was, thankfully, made unnecessary by the dropping of the atomic bomb in early August 1945 and the surrender of Japan shortly thereafter.
Florence and Warren were married in December, 1945. They moved to North Florida to live in Jacksonville. Following the birth of their fourth daughter, Florence and Warren moved to Baker County and lived and worked on a farm just south of Macclenny for the next eight years. Then they purchased a Grocery Store at the corner of Rt. 121 and Lowder Street in Macclenny which became Fraser’s Grocery. Florence ran the grocery store full time while Warren established and ran the first ambulance service in Baker County, delivering babies and saving many lives.
During this time, Warren successfully earned his Funeral Operator’s License, and in 1968, built and opened the Fraser Funeral Home on the site of the Grocery Store. Florence worked by his side managing the funeral home until his death in 1993. She sold the funeral home but stayed on in residence there to help serve the needs of county and the people she had come to know and love so well.
In 2005, she moved back to Jacksonville to reside at St. Catherine Laboure Manor where her great kindness, gentleness and courage made her a welcome member of the community. She will be profoundly missed by all with whom she became acquainted.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 1:00 pm at V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services Chapel in Macclenny, FL with Elder Ronnie Kirkland officiating. Interment will follow at Manntown Cemetery. The family will receive friends and family on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 from 5:00 -7:00 pm at the funeral home. The arrangements are under the care and direction of V. TODD FERREIRA FUNERAL SERVICES, 250 North Lowder Street, Macclenny, FL 32063 (904)259-5700. Visit www.ferreirafuneralservices.com
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