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Elizabeth Margaret Fraser

September 26, 1939 - November 13, 2022

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Obituary For Elizabeth Margaret Fraser

Liz Fraser, resident of Grande Prairie, AB, formerly Melbourne, Australia, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, at the age of 83 years, with Simone by her side.

Liz was born on September 26, 1939, at Frankston, Victoria. She completed 8 years of post secondary education earning a Secondary Art Teachers Certificate, Education Diploma, Bachelor of Arts, and a Post Graduate Diploma in English. Her first years of teaching were in Melbourne. She emigrated to Canada in August 1970, where she taught English at EW Pratt High School in High Prairie, AB. After moving to Grande Prairie in 1974, she continued to teach English at the Grande Prairie Composite High School until her retirement in 1997. Liz loved her career as a high school English teacher, and awed others with her knowledge and love of literature. Sometime during those years, she even taught English at the Grande Prairie Regional College.

In addition to being an accomplished artist, Liz loved gardening, reading, music, her movies, and let’s not forget her dogs and cats. She was happiest, however, when she was hitting balls. Her specialties changed as she aged - tennis, squash, racquetball, badminton, and pickle ball - but in her love for her golf, she was the Eveready bunny. She viewed her achieving a hole in one as one of her significant accomplishments. Even her last summer was spent on the greens at Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club. Visitors to her home could always count on seeing some golf tournament from somewhere in the world playing on her tv.

In her funeral plan, Liz wrote that her fondest memories were becoming a Canadian citizen and delivering the message from the teachers at the 1997 Grad. Her greatest love, however, was spent sharing the lives of the 3 younger generations of her family. Liz wrote that her best time was spent raising her grandchildren and seeing them achieve their independence. She noted that she was inspired by her grandchildren and the many students she taught, especially those in the Advanced Placement Course.

Liz will be sadly missed by her daughters Julie Fraser and Simone Sooke; grandchildren: Daniel and Kassandra Finley, Kayla, Brittany, and Alia Fraser, great-granddaughter Tiana Fraser; as well as brother Richard Amor

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 11:00am, at Oliver’s Funeral Home in Grande Prairie (10005 107 Ave.). Luncheon to follow at Nevada Bobs in Towne Centre Golf (9845 99 Ave.).

Memorial Donations may be made to the Fraser family through GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/f/supporting-elizabeth-fraser-family

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  • 11/21/2022

    I knew Liz and Simone through figure skating. Simone had a special talent that always caught one's attention. Liz worked hard supporting Simone in her figure skating career and was always so proud of her accomplishments. I remember Julie through the public library. She often visited. Liz spoke with great love of her girls, always proud of seeing them learn and mature. I hadn't seen Liz in many years but finally our paths crossed at the golf club this summer. She had the same sense of fun and joy of life that I had seen many years ago. Deepest condolences to the family. Pam Chislett

  • 11/19/2022

    Liz's smile and sparkling eyes lit up the room. She was always so thoughtful and interested in how the girls were, where they were, and what was happening in their lives. Liz was a devoted Mother, Grandmother ,Gr.Grandmother and friend.She displayed a never-ending love of family,and zest for life.Sending positive thoughts and prayers with hugs to all who are grieving today .We are blessed for having known such a beautiful soul.Rest easy my friend.Kindest Regards from Sharon and Richard Annis and families.Unfortunately we were unable to be with you today due to medical issues.

  • 11/18/2022

    I was so so sorry to learn of Liz Fraser's passing. I first met Liz Fraser at the rink as Simone and I skated together for several years and then was fortunate to have Mrs. Fraser as my English 30 teacher at the GPCHS. I also very much enjoyed teaching Kayla her granddaughter when she was in Grade 4. Thinking of all of you. Liz and all of you are on my mind and in my prayers. Sheilagh (Campbell) Barlage

  • 11/18/2022

    My department head when I arrived at the Comp in the fall of 1989, leader of the three wise souls who lived with a block of each other (Allen, Susan and Liz) always willing to share and assist just an awesome example and mentor. Grandma golfer (I'm positive Liz could beat me at golf all through that time). Thank you Liz.

  • 11/18/2022

    You will be missed , we did have good times & I will cherish then 4ever thank you for everything ❤

  • 11/18/2022

    Deepest sympathy to all of Liz's family . She was a wonderful teacher very well respected and a beautiful person . Always enjoyed seeing Her at the golf course .

  • 11/18/2022

    What a tremendous loss. Liz shared herself in so many important ways: with her family, with her students and with her friends. I feel so thankful for the times (and the occasional libation) we shared together: from the halls of the Composite High School to the tracks of various golf courses. Judy also sends her condolences with fond memories of visiting with Liz. Sadly, Judy & Phil Barber

  • 11/18/2022

    Sorry for your loss Simone . We enjoyed seeing your mom around town and at the Dunes . Thinking of you . Natalie and Darcy Mayne

  • 11/18/2022

    I was in Ms Fraser's Advanced Placement English Course from 1991-1994. She had a profound impact on me and I am a teacher today mainly because of her guidance and inspiration. Thank you, Ms F, for challenging me to challenge myself and to seek truth and explore the world through words. Your impact will echo for years to come.

  • 11/18/2022

    She was a fantastic English teacher! One of the only classes I truly enjoyed in high school. Condolences to the family. She certainly will leave a hole in everyone's lives she touched.

  • 11/17/2022

    We were so sad and upset to hear that Liz had a stroke and that it resulted in her passing. She wasn't ready yet! She still had many more rounds of golf yet to play. We admire and respect her so much for her unfailing devotion to her family and her former students. Her life was a true example of selfless love. We will miss her wit and enthusiasm for life. May she rest in the peace of Our Lord. I pray for her family that they get His help in coping with such a huge loss. We are so sorry that we won't be in Grande Prairie for the memorial, but trust that she will be remembered in a fitting way surrounded by all those whose lives she touched. Bob and Nicole Martens

  • 11/17/2022

    How does one say goodbye to someone who made my first twenty plus years of teaching at the GPCHS so memorable? We shared more laughter than tears. She colored my world in so many ways that it is useless to list them. She will always be in my prayers. Devotedly, Allen Gammie

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