Shirley Mae Fraser left this Earth on July 19, 2023, at the age of 73. Shirley was born on July 25th, 1949 in Pasadena, California. She moved with her family to Tennessee in 1993 and spent the last 30 years living and working in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. She enjoyed many years working at Dollywood, U.S. Cellular, and Direct TV. She lived her 73 years to the fullest. Her presence touched the lives of many and left a mark of warmth, love, and cherished memories that will forever remain in our hearts.
Shirley had a passion for cooking that brought smiles to the faces of countless friends and family members. Whether it was a hearty Sunday dinner or a batch of freshly baked cookies, Shirley's kitchen was a hub of warmth and comfort. She enjoyed camping with her family. She brought her love for cooking to the campsite where she would prepare meals in her Dutch ovens over an open fire. She loved to be outdoors and spend time under the stars. She also enjoyed sewing and making crafts. She had a great eye and made beautiful things for family and friends. Many have been blessed to receive a handcrafted gift from her.
Her presence at family gatherings was a shining beacon of love and unity, and her infectious laughter brought a special kind of joy to every occasion. One of the revered traditions that Shirley blessed her family and friends with was her delightfully "horrible" rendition of "Happy Birthday." Each year, her purposefully off-key serenade became a lighthearted and joyous celebration that everyone eagerly awaited. While her singing might not have been pitch-perfect, the love behind it was sincere, making it a cherished memory for anyone who had the privilege of being sung to by her.
Shirley was always there to lend a helping hand or offer a listening ear. Her thoughtfulness touched the lives of many, and her caring nature was a source of comfort during both joyful and challenging times. She radiated warmth, making everyone feel valued and cherished. Her life was a testament to the beauty of selflessness and the joy that comes from giving to others unconditionally.
Shirley was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Her legacy lives on in the memories she created and the love she shared with those fortunate enough to know her. Though she is no longer with us in person, her spirit will forever remain present in the hearts of her loved ones.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents: Robert and Grace Koon, her husband George Fraser, and her siblings: Louise, Bob, Bill, Lorene, and Kenny. She is survived by her children; Renee, Kenneth (Heidi), Jason, Joshua (Erica), Jacob (Joy), and Jennifer; grandchildren Janett (Dustin), David (Kaytee), Jason Jr., Jacob, Phoebe, Vanessa, Jaxon, Justin, Conner, Landon, Ever, Leah, Colton, Liam, Isabella, Eleanor, and Eden; great-grandchild Lennon; her 3 siblings Albie, Earl, and Marilyn, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
There will be a graveside service where we will gather to honor the beautiful soul she was and find comfort in the love and support of each other on Monday, July 31st at 2:00 PM at the East TN Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway.