Tuesday, September 07, 2010


Originally uploaded by midgefrazel
My mother-in law passed away last Friday, September 3, 2010 at 6 PM after a short illness. Her oldest son, David, drove many miles to be with her and to help us out as we were moving. She passed away, quietly, as her son held her hand. We are grateful for his loving support.

She did not choose to be buried with a headstone so I am posting this on "Tombstone Tuesday" in her memory. I wrote this about her for my husband, who is her middle son to take with him to the funeral home. They will edit it as needed.

Ruth Hannah (Craig) Frazel, of East Providence, passed away on September 3, 2010 after a short illness. Ruth was a daughter of the late James Craig and his wife Hannah Wilde Craig. She is predeceased by her sisters, Jane Craig Entwhistle, Janet Craig, Edna Craig Fisk and her brother George Craig.

Mrs. Frazel was the wife of Wilbur H. Frazel. They resided in Barrington, Warren, and Riverside until moving to East Bay Manor a few years ago. Besides her husband of seventy two years, she leaves her three sons, David and his wife Myra of Indiana, Stephen and his wife Midge of Massachusetts and Michael of Illinois. She was a grandmother of three, Laura Frazel Dulski, Cheryl Frazel Lasseter and Heather Frazel Sacco. Ruth was a great grandmother to two step-great grandsons, and three great grandsons. She also leaves behind a nephew, James Craig and his wife Theresa of Cranston. 

A 1932 graduate of Warren High School, Ruth graduated from Rhode Island College of Education in 1936 with a degree in education. It was during her commute on a bus from Warren to Providence that she met her future husband Bill, who was a student at Brown University. She once told me that when they commuted to Providence on the bus, she could feel little jolts of electricity when their shoulders touched.

After graduating in 1937, Ruth was a long time substitute teacher in the East Providence elementary schools while raising her family.

At the time of her passing, she was the longest time member of the Warren Baptist Church having joined at the age of twelve.

Ruth enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family. She was an excellent cook, an avid reader and enjoyed a good news broadcast until her recent illness.  She will be lovingly missed and always remembered by her husband Bill and her family and friends.


DianaR said...

Hi Midge ~
I'm so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law! I really love what you've written - and especially the part about meeting her future husband, "she could feel little jolts of electricity when their shoulders touched." Those are the details that give a person reading a peek into someone's life.

Thomas MacEntee said...

Midge I am so sorry for your family's loss - it is a beautiful tribute and extremely well written!

Alice Frauzel said...

So sorry for your loss,beautiful words to remember her by.

GrannyPam said...

I am so sorry, Midge. May your memories comfort you and your family.

Gini said...

Midge, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Ruth's tribute written by you is just beautiful.

Myrt said...

Thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Thank-you for sharing a little about your mother-in-law. God Bless!

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts.

Greta Koehl said...

Very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother-in-law. You have written a lovely tribute to her long and full life.

Barbara Fallon said...

My sympathy to you and the family. You wrote a beautiful obituary.