Wendy Frazier would have loved the Blue Ridge Library dedication event for the quilt lovingly made in her memory. Nice folks stood-up and said nice things that were very true of her– she loved people, birds, flowers, cooking and cats. Best of all not only did her cat “Cotton” get a featured prominence on the quilt dedicated in her memory, but he also came to the event. The quilt is remarkable in composition and color.
Frazier passed unexpectedly away on January 28, 2010. For those who were patrons and staff at the library it was a terrific blow to loose Wendy. Her family members came to the event notably her sisters, Marcella Armes and Phyllis Clary and brother Ralph Frazier and his wife Shirley and other extended family. Speakers addressed the love she had not only for them but her extended family of friends and co workers. Armes, her sister said, ” We had a quote in our family started by my mother, “I love you best of all.” The blended family she said felt God’s plan in their lives to keep them close and loving. She said, “What a blessing from God are those precious memories that we have.”
The Blue Ridge Quilters Guild felt the same way. Memories of Wendy Frazier are captured in the quilt.
Frazier was a member of the group that meets at the library. With the help of Librarian Steve Vest and his staff, many people made a quilt block for the quilt. The brightly colored quilt hangs on an east wall facing windows toward the white pines and the outside world of birds and sounds in the warm months that Frazier so dearly loved. The brightly colored quilt is a reflection of Frazier’s sunny disposition and full of recollections of her from those whothought highly of her.
Tina Dietz of the Guild spoke of the design and handiwork involved in making the quilt. Vest accepted the quilt in memory of Frazier on behalf of the Library. Cotton came out of his wheeling carrier and posed for a photo with Phyllis Clary, Frazier’s sister and other relatives.
Those who worked on the quilt included from the BRQG: Kathy Wickham, Tina Dietz, Jo Bell, Laural Peregino, Loretta Twilford and from the staff, Doris Mullins, Cathy Ripley, Vickie Anway and volunteer Bev Kessler and Eileen Lau machine quilted the quilt for the group. A patron, Charlie Walker purchased the quilt hanger for the library.
After the dedication, Friends of the Library provided cookies and punch for the guests.