A Newspaper Article About My Mom: “Longtime Coach Befriended All”

I’m grateful to Jonathan Adams and the Williamson County Sun for writing an article about my mom in the paper. It honors her life and legacy well. The closing line is my favorite. Check it out, transcribed in its entirety below. 

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Molly Frazier, a well-known former PE teacher and volleyball coach, died Wednesday afternoon after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 60.

Mrs. Frazier taught for 31 years in the Georgetown school district, starting in 1981 as volleyball couchette Geogeton High School. She coached there for 6 years before her first son, Scott Frazier, was born. She spent the rest of her career at Annie Purl Elementary south of downtown. “Once she had me, she became a PE coach so she could stay with me,” Mr. Frazier said Thursday by phone.

Mrs. Frazier retired from the school district in 2012, the same year she was diagnosed with cancer. “She was a fighter. I remember being more worried about the cancer than I was about her,” Mr. Frazier said. “When I think about her last three years battling cancer, I see a woman of great courage, faith and caring.”

Mr. Frazier described his mother as “tough as nails” in her fight against the illness.

Mr. Frazier’s daughter spent six months in the hospital earlier this year. Even as she battled cancer, Molly Frazier visited her grand daugther every opportunity she could. “I wanted her to be more selfish, but that just wasn’t my mom,” Mr Frazier said, “I wasn’t going to stop her from doing that”.

In the last three years of her life, Molly Frazier spent as much tim with her family and friends as she could, her son said. “She was a fireball.”he said. “She was a forced to be reckoned with.”

Terri Michalka, a coach at Tippet Middle School, worked for many years alongside Mrs. Frazier and said her fondest memories were the mischievous ones. “We used to have a lot of fun pulling pranks on people,”. Mrs. Michalka said, “It made our job fun and made our school fun.”

“We would move thing around in the principal’s office and rearrange his furniture. We also redecorated the hallway with pictures of Texas A&M, because he was a Longhorn.”.

Mrs. Frazier befriended anyone she spoke to, Mrs. Michalka said. “She had thousands of friends. Anybody that she came into contact with became her friend,” she said, “She was that kind of person.”

When Mrs. Michalka first arrive at the school district in 1982, she was looking for a place to live. Without hesitation, Mrs. Frazier offered her a room. “I didn’t have a place and she said, ‘Well, I have a two bedroom apartment. Come live with me until you find a place,’” Mrs. Michalka said.

“Our kids grew up together. We had babies at the same time. It’s been a great journey and it’s just on temporary hold until I get to where she’s at.”

Mr. Frazier remember his mom having lots of friends. “There was not a place where she could go where she didn’t know somebody,” he said. “When I was young, it was annoying, because I just wanted to go home.”

“My mom was fire and joy all wrapped up into one.”

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