Steamboat Springs resident Suzanne S. Frasier passed away Feb. 6, 2005, at her home. She was 63.
Sue was born May 13, 1941, in Danville, Ill., to James and Mildred Smith of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her parents were visiting Mildred's sister, June Nieman, at the time of Sue's birth.
Sue grew up in Fort Lauderdale, where she attended public schools and graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1959. She spent many summers in Illinois with Aunt June and other family members. In high school, Sue participated in many school activities and led the school marching band as a majorette. She often recalled the many Orange Bowl parades and halftime shows she participated in. Having an interest in medical science, Sue also worked part time as an emergency medical technician at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
Her medical interests led to a scholarship to Florida State University, where she majored in medical technology and minored in chemistry. While at FSU, Sue became fascinated by the FSU Flying High Circus. Being lithe, athletic and fearless, she soon became a first-string performer. During her sophomore year, Sue chose a junior college transfer student named Steve Frasier to be her partner in an act called "double trapeze." While the act was successful, the partnership was even more so. Sue became Mrs. Frasier during her senior year in Tallahassee.
While Steve served in the Navy, Sue used her education as a medical technologist at hospitals in Pensacola, Fla., Corpus Christi, Texas, and Honolulu, Hawaii. She also earned a PHT (Put Hubby Thru) at Shands University Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., while Steve attended law school.
The couple's first son, Stephen Thomas Frasier, was born in Honolulu. Their second son, Scott Douglas Frasier, was born in Gainesville three years later.
With their family complete, they moved to Stuart, Fla., in 1970. While in Stuart, Sue worked part time at a hospital, but a desire to work with young people led her to Florida's Division of Youth Services, where she worked with delinquent and dependent children. This experience led to a role as a child advocate for the Guardian Ad Litem Agency of Florida, a volunteer program to which she devoted a good deal of energy.
Both of Sue's son graduated from FSU and moved West. In 1996, Sue and Steve decided to follow suit and retired in Steamboat, where they had previously spent many happy ski vacations. In Steamboat, Sue was active with Questers and the Over the Hill Gang in its numerous outdoor activities. She worked for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. as a seasonal reservations agent at Central Reservations. She also was active in the United Methodist Church as part of various groups and committees and enjoyed riding and caring for her horses.
Sue is survived by her husband, Stephen Charles Frasier; two sons, Stephen Thomas Frasier and his wife, Mischael, of Steamboat, and Scott Douglas Frasier and his wife, Melissa, of Highlands Ranch; four grandchildren; and a sister, Judith Lynn Smith of Melbourne, Fla.
A memorial service was Feb. 10, 2005, at United Methodist Church in Steamboat.
Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 100, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.