Pauline Ruth Seaton Frazier
Pauline Ruth Seaton Frazier of Elizabethton, Tenn., died peacefully on Tuesday, July 29, 2020, at The Waters of Johnson City Nursing Home from congestive heart failure at 101 years and 2 months. In hospice care prior to her death, the staff at The Waters and Avalon Hospice care workers celebrated her final birthday in style during the COVID-19 pandemic while the family members gathered outside the glass door.
Born May 29, 1919, Pauline graduated from St. Bernard Catholic High School in Nashville, Tenn. She married Charles “Charlie” Frazier on May 30, 1941, and had a very successful career as a sales representative and manager for Avon and Cort Cosmetics. She continued to wear jewelry and put on makeup everyday until she died. Following the death of her only child, Betty Jo, and husband Robert Hale, she adopted her grandson, Robert, continuing her career until she took on the job as his “taxi driver,” going to most, if not all, of his piano and organ lessons, just as she had done with his mother, Betty Jo.
Pauline was an active member of the local AARP chapter and a piano player for various churches and the Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center for many years. She was on the decorating committee for the Center and was the DJ for many of the celebrations and dances. Her job, as she saw it, was to make people happy. She was also a long-time member of the First Baptist Church Choir and continued to play music and sing for the residents at Pine Oaks Assisted Living, Appalachian Christian Village, and The Waters, where she was a resident herself.
Pauline leaves her daughter-in-law, Laura Lynne Hull Frazier of Winston-Salem, N.C.; great-grandchild, Ian (Alexa) Frazier (USMC); great-great-grandchildren, Walker and Wilder of Walker, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Collin Frazier of Wilmington, N.C., and Erika Frazier of Winston-Salem, N.C.
She is also survived by her nephew Larry Clark (Barbara) of Knoxville, Tenn., and great-nephew Craig Clark (April) of Greer, S.C.; nephew Russell “Rusty” Treadway (Janet) of Sevierville, Tenn., and great-niece, Anna Treadway Mathis (Josh) of Chattanooga, Tenn., and great-nephew Wes Treadway (Breanne) and great-grandnephew, Quincy Gregg of Marion, N.C.; niece, Shirley McDaniel Pennebaker (Jim) of LaGrange, Ga., and great-nephew Thomas Cyphers (Sarah), and great-great-grandnieces Charlotte Monroe and Caroline Elizabeth Cyphers of Atlanta, Ga.; great-nephew Reinhardt Cyphers (Natalie) and great-grandnieces Evans Amelia and Hollis Ann Cyphers of Atlanta, Ga.; and great-niece Kathryn “Katie” Whittelsey (William) of Atlanta, Ga.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Thomas Frazier in 1997; daughter and son-in-law, Betty Jo and Robert Hale in 1969; grandson, Robert Edward Frazier (adopted at parents’ death) in 2018; sisters, Pearl Elizabeth McDaniel, Stella Ovena Seaton Clark and Flora Mae Treadway; brother, Bill Moore (Billy); niece, Linda Caye Ruggles (Dale); and her parents, Henry Moses Seaton and Lida Kate Cogdell of Greeneville, Tenn.
A graveside service to celebrate Pauline’s life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 5, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Dr. Gary Knapp officiating. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Discovery Fund for the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Office of Philanthropy, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, P.O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carter County is mandating that all citizens who live in or visit Carter County wear masks in public. In keeping in accordance with this mandate, all visitors to the visitation / funeral service are required to wear a mask / and or facial covering. Also, social distancing recommendations will be observed. Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
Pauline and her family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office: (423) 542-2232. Service Information Line: (423) 543-4917.