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Lurlene Pace Fraser

November 17, 1933 ~ September 17, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

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Lurlene P. Fraser

Lurlene Pace Fraser, 89, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at Hope Hospice.
Norma Lurlene Pace was born on November 17, 1933, in LaBelle, Florida, to Cola Carson Pace and Marshal Alvin Pace. She was the third of six children who grew up on the Pace homestead outside of LaBelle. Marshal (1903-47) was a civil engineer, and Cola (1909-82) worked in administration at LaBelle High School.

She was a descendant of the Carson, Langford, and Carlton pioneer families and had notable ties to early Florida and Fort Myers history—including Lee County’s first sheriff in 1887, a Methodist Circuit Riding Minister, a Florida Governor, and an army officer killed in the Third Seminole War in 1856.

She was the valedictorian of the Class of 1951 at LaBelle High School and attended both Florida Southern College in Lakeland and Edison Junior College (FSW), where she received her associate degree. In the 1950s, with her aptitude for math, she worked at well-known Fort Myers businesses, such as the Edison Cafeteria and First National Bank; however, becoming a teacher was her ultimate career goal. She worked as a substitute teacher for Lee County Schools, notably at Tropic Isles Elementary, in the early 1970s.

She had a passion for gardening, especially orchids and roses, and an appreciation for butterflies. She was honored with the American Rose Society Bronze Honor Medal by the Central Florida Heritage Rose Society. Besides enjoying Florida's attractions, she loved traveling to places such as the Grand Canyon and the Great Smoky Mountains and abroad to the United Kingdom and the former Yugoslavia. Musically, she was fond of the crooners from the 1950s and ’60s, such as Andy Williams and Perry Como. Her favorite songs included the soundtrack of Disney’s original Main Street Electrical Parade, Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago, and instrumental versions of Pachelbel's Canon.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, William R. Fraser, with whom she shared 33 years of marriage until his passing in 1986. William devoted 38 years to the Fort Myers News-Press, beginning in 1948, except for the years he served with the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Division in Korea. Lurlene also mourned the passing of her brothers: Marshal A. Pace Jr. of Merritt Island, Meredith A. Pace of Arcadia, and Richard L. Pace of Pahokee.

She is survived by her son, William K. Fraser of Chicago; daughter, Traci D. Fraser of Fort Myers; and treasured sisters, Gwendolyn Martens of St. Petersburg and Carolyn Miller of Fort Myers. Additionally, she leaves behind three generations of nieces and nephews.

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at 12:15 p.m. at Alva Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the American Cancer Society or Hope Hospice.
 


Services

Visitation
Saturday
September 30, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral & Cremation Services
1600 Colonial Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Committal
Saturday
September 30, 2023

12:15 PM
Alva Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Alva, FL 33920

Cemetery

Alva Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Alva, FL 33920

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