Naples community leader Kathy Frazier had been battling leukemia for four years and died from complications of a stem cell transplant on Friday, Nov. 24.
Her dedication as president of the Naples Improvement Association (NIA) earned her the community’s esteemed Jimmy Heartwell Award for service in 2014. She was NIA president for three years, and in 2017 she served as the organization’s vice president, chaired Concerts in the Park and co-chaired the committee that maintained the organization’s website, banners and email blasts.
Frazier loved spending time with her husband, dogs and friends. She enjoyed volunteering at the Long Beach Yacht Club and was active with the Sand Dollars — the wives of past LBYC commodores, and CAMEO, the mentoring program affiliated with the Assistance League of Long Beach.
A three-time USC Rossier School of Education graduate with a BS degree in general studies (multidisciplinary degree), an MS in special education and eventually an EdD in Educational Leadership. As an educational leader she strived to positively impact targeted student groups and to close the achievement gap.
Since Frazier was a longtime Trojan football season ticket holder, and a strong supporter of her alma mater's athletics. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to USC Athletics.
She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Bobby Frazier. She passed with her husband at her side and their two dogs, Buckwheat and Rudy, had visited earlier that day.
Frasier will be cremated and her ashes spread at sea. A celebration of life will be after the first of the year.