Peggy Ann Canfield Frasier, 85, passed away peacefully with her son and daughter by her side. She was the daughter of Clifton B Canfield and Elverie Rawson Canfield. She grew up in Ogden, UT, Rock Springs, WY, and finally Salt Lake City, UT.
She married Harold Duane Frasier on May 22, 1958 and had 3 children. Peggy always had an affinity for adventure and the underdog. I think she was a rebel at heart. She loved animals and once, when she was young, found a loose horse on the way home from school and put it in her parents’ garage. Her dad got quite the surprise when he got home that night. She loved spending time with her cousins on her aunt and uncle's ranch in Eden, UT. They had all kinds of animals, especially horses. Her mother would drop her off for a weekend while she went to set up girls camp and when she would return to pick Peg up, she would refuse to leave and would end up there for weeks. She passed this love on to her kids, and they had every kind of pet growing up, from a cat, to mice, hamsters, parakeets, pigeons, fish, dogs and even a pygmy alligator. There was always something furry, feathered, or scaly running around.
Peggy loved to travel whether that was camping, fishing, hunting, or jumping on a plane to anywhere. All you had to do was call her up and say “Hey, I'm going too” and before you even got out the destination she had already said, “I'm in”. She had many wonderful adventures with her daughter, and they would go on a yearly trip together; Peg was the perfect traveling partner.
Peggy also nourished some lifelong friendships, another thing she taught her kids. Her and her husband had an amazingly close-knit group of friends that did so much together; 60+ years of friendship, something she always valued and cherished.
Peggy's life changed in her forties when she was diagnosed with a hereditary disease called Ataxia, SCA7. Every few years she would lose another ability; another piece of independence. First it was just walking a straight line, then walking at all, losing her ability to see and talk with friends and have them be able to understand her, even to the point of not being able to care for herself or feed herself. Yet Peggy never lost her spirit or her smile, she very seldom ever complained, she never lost her compassion for others or her desire for connection. If you found yourself lucky enough to chat with her, she was either holding your hand or her hand was on your knee, pre Covid of course. She also gave the best hugs and she stayed sharp and had an incredibly quick wit about her, her laugh was contagious.
Peggy always treated everyone around her with love and respect, and always showed her gratitude.
To Lori, her hospice nurse, you are our hero and a saint if anyone asks. To Theresa and the others at Symbii Healthcare, there are not enough words to express our gratitude. To the aids at the Avenues Courtyard and Wentworth East Millcreek, thank you for your kindness and for not only caring for her but being her friend.
Peggy is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Frasier; her son Jeff Frasier; her parents; her brother and sister-in-law; nieces; nephew; and many cousins, many of which have passed due to Ataxia.
She is survived by her son Ron Frasier; daughter Becky Frasier; her granddaughters Ashely Bennett; Shantay Frasier (KG); and 7 great-grandkids; and a couple of very special cousins, Grant and Nina, who prior to covid would visit Peggy every other week to watch a movie with her and bring her special treats; and Juana (Sherm) and Charlene who always made a special visit to come see her; and a plethora of people that adored her and will never forget her influence.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her honor to the National Ataxia Foundation www.ataxia.org
There will be a small service on Saturday, January 2nd, at 2:30 p.m., with a socially distanced viewing from 1:30-2:15pm at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S Redwood Road, for those that are comfortable. We will also have a short but sweet graveside service at 2:30pm at the Taylorsville Cemetery located at 4575 S Redwood Road. Masks are required.