Marlene Frazier was born Monday May 2, 1966, to Palmer Frazier and the late Ruth Ann Frazier in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was educated in the Philadelphia Public school system. After graduating from high school, she enlisted into the United States Army. She thought her mother was hard and tough on her, but after going through boot camp, she came home and thanked her Mom for her foundational discipline. Hard work and discipline were never a deterrent for Marlene but a motivator. She honorably served 22 years, engaging in three wars. She earned multiple military honors and had the scars to prove it. During those years, she joyfully welcomed the births of her five beautiful children. Nothing stopped her. After returning home, she gained employment at the United States Postal Service. With her sites on becoming an elementary educator, with a focus on mentally challenged students, she enrolled in Community College of Philadelphia, where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Soon after, she enrolled in Temple University, earning her a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She was on track to earn her Master’s Degree.
Marlene was saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost and didn’t care who knew it. She often talked about her God as if he only belonged to her. During her formative years, her Christian life was cultivated in the Open Door Mission, Fire Baptized Holiness Church under the leadership of the late Mother Mary Richardson, affectionately known to the children as “Grand mom Richardson." She was a dependable, dedicated, and hard worker. No task was too big or too small for her to tackle. In the Fire Baptized Holiness Church, she served as Jr. Missionary Directress for the Pennsylvania District. In her local church Mt. Zion, F.B.H. Church, under the leadership of Elder Quinton Sanders, she worked in many capacities, while also serving as president of the Holiness Young People Union (HYPU).
Marlene had the heart and soul of a true humanitarian, always compassionate, unselfish, willing to put the needs or wishes of others, especially her family before herself.. With the traits of her mother, she was a people person and made friends very easily. She was a phenomenal cook and hair stylist. Her talent as an expert hairstylist and braider caught the attention of a famous Rock Band. She was hired and paid quite well to braid their hair before they went on tour. She had a heart for children and they loved her. She took on the responsibility of raising children that she had no labor pains for. A few years ago, she adopted two of her grandchildren and along with her other grandchildren, they were the center of her joy.
Mike, as she was affectionately called, leaves to cherish fond and dear memories; her children, Marie, Alonzo, Maurice, Jacqueline, Michael, Michelle, Amani, Amber, Charde, Lavinia, Teresa, Lisa, Cory, and George.
Twenty-one grandchildren, Father, Palmer Frazier, 3 sisters, Francine Smith (Kevin), Charlene Willis (Dallas), Shawn Weldon; 3 aunts, Albertha Jackson, Edna Wraggs, Patsy Spady, her dear soulmate Marcellus Whitehead, “Miss Mamie” Dawson one she endeared as a mother, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Walk-Thru viewing will be held 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Power, Praise & Deliverance Church, 528 E. Haines Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the actual funeral service will be held privately with limited seating for immediate family only. This live-stream zoom link has been provided for those who would like to view the service but are unable to be present. Please note the Zoom App needs to be previously uploaded to your device.
Meeting ID: 821 8433 9994 Passcode: wright
Interment with Military Honors will be Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, Pennsylvania.
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