Patricia Fraser

Jul 20, 2020
Patricia Fraser

Stockton Springs — Pat Fraser went on to be with the Lord July 14, 2020, at her home, with her husband by her side.

She was born Patricia Kirk in Owls Head, Aug. 8, 1940, to Lawrence and Carla (Smith) Kirk. Lawrence was lost on a fishing boat with its entire crew before Pat was born. While still young, Pat moved with her family to Rockland. She was raised to understand the value of hard work and put herself into everything she could.

She graduated from Rockland High School, working local jobs until she married Brent Fraser in 1975. They moved to Stockton Springs, where Pat helped Brent in everything he did without being asked. Pat ran a second-hand store in Searsport; later purchasing land and transferring the store to Stockton Springs.

She built and operated Fraser's Restaurant for three years. During the same period she started a 13-year career at Waldo County General Hospital as a CNA. She loved caring for patients and helping people. After this she spent 14 years as a nutrition aid working at the University of Maine Waldo Extension. She loved working with young mothers, the elderly and schoolchildren.

She continued working until she was 70 years old because “she just wanted to work.”

Early in their marriage, Pat accompanied Brent on motorcycle vacations covering New England and Canada. Then she would travel with Brent in a tractor-trailer all over the country during all her vacation time. After experiencing Christian conversion, the couple took a trip to Israel, where they were baptized a second time in the Jordan River. Pat considered this one of the highlights of her life.

They traveled throughout the Caribbean, visiting places Brent had worked on offshore tugs.

After retirement, Pat experienced early stages of dementia and joined Brent on the road full-time. She saw all the lower 48 states extensively. She ran the west coast from the Mexican to the Canadian border.

Pat was always there for her husband, whether to stay on old fishing boats, fly in planes, or travel in rigs. She was always so supportive of Brent.

One of her true delights was shopping, especially yard sales (though seldom for herself). She preferred to pick up things for her friends and coworkers.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother John Gilbert Kirk of South Thomaston.

She is survived by her husband, Brent;. a sister, Mary Cummings, of Sacramento; a brother, Raymond Kirk, of Bucksport; a son, Raymond Trimble, of Belfast; daughters Brenda Varney of Davenport, Fla., and Amy Fraser Carson of Pitttsfield; eight granddaughters; many nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Evelyn Grindle, of Cushing.

A special thanks to Waldo County Hospice workers who gave Pat such wonderful care at the end of her life.

Donations can be made in her name to the church-sponsored store, Talk N' Shop, 79 Mian St., Bucksport, ME 04416 or the Shriner's Children Hospital.

A celebration of Pat's life will be held July 31, 2020 at 1pm at the Shriners Club on White St, Belfast, ME.

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