Isabel Lois Fraser
It is with broken hearts we announce the death of our Isabel Lois Fraser (née Dunphy) of Fredericton. With family by her side, Isabel died peacefully at Pine Grove Nursing Home on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Isabel, wife of her beloved Donald Fraser, was born in Island View on February 3, 1932.
She was kind and compassionate, with a heart for serving others, whether it was by volunteering at the York Care Centre in Fredericton or baking homemade sugar doughnuts for loved ones at Christmas. Isabel enjoyed singing in the St. Paul’s United Church choir and the Stepping Stones Singers, going for walks in Odell Park and spending time in her kitchen. For her, cooking, as well as preparing any delicious treat, was an art. She is lovingly remembered for her "mocho" cakes over the holiday season and her heart-shaped cookies dipped in pink icing every Valentine’s Day. Isabel also enjoyed tending her flower garden, which was bright, beautiful and radiant — just like her. She always loved to be around people. A server at the Diplomat for 28 years, she could take breakfast orders without writing down a single word — regardless of the number of people seated at the table.
She adored her husband Donald and was his right hand every fall, when the duo would go bird hunting in New Brunswick or Manitoba. Also, she loved the sound of bagpipes whenever Donald and their two children played together in the Fredericton Society of St. Andrew Pipe Band. But nothing gave Isabel greater joy than being surrounded by family and friends at the summer cottage in Island View. There, she would prepare countless meals that were always made with love and a sprinkle of creativity. Her life was a gift to everyone she met and a blessing to her loved ones.
Isabel is survived by her husband and their two children, James Fraser (Leitha) and Carol Sykes (Brian); her grandchildren, Elizabeth Fraser (Tristan), Peter Sykes (Kathryn), Vanessa Sykes (Marcelo) and Sarah Sykes, and her great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Borden and Isabel.
She was predeceased by her parents James and Kathleen Dunphy, sisters Joan MacFarlane, Irma Smith, Barbara Reader, and brother Gerald Dunphy.
A celebration of Isabel’s life will take place at St. Paul’s United Church, 224 York St., Fredericton on Tuesday, August 6 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Richard Bowley officiating. A reception will follow at the church hall. Interment will take place in the Fredericton Rural Cemetery after the reception. Memorials can be made to the Pine Grove Foundation, St. Paul’s United Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.