Rosalie Frazier

September 27, 1952 – March 18, 2020

Rosalie Frazier

Rosalie Frazier of Bainbridge Island, WA and Wellfleet, MA passed away peacefully in Cleveland, OH on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. She was 67 years old and the wife of Kenneth E. Rekow of Bainbridge Island, WA.

Rosalie made her home on Bainbridge Island. She practiced as an RN at the University of Washington Medical Center from 1984-2009 where she had roles including managing the Postpartum & Newborn Nursery, Labor & Delivery and Antepardum unit, and the Neonatal Intensive Care unit. She then worked providing counseling to couples and subsequently worked on a team to support women through high-risk pregnancies and childbirth education. In 2008 she received credentials to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and developed a private practice in Seattle before practicing in community mental health clinics in Seattle, Bremerton, and Port Townsend. Alongside her professional achievements, Rosalie was devoted to her family, found beauty in the arts and the outdoors, traveled extensively in South and Central America, and maintained her inquisitiveness and creativity throughout her treatment for glioblastoma. Rosalie was fulfilled by her personal interests in spirituality, art, gardening, and her many life-long friendships. Cape Cod served as her beloved second home where she enjoyed spending time with family and friends and watching the waves from the dunes of Wellfleet, MA.

Along with her husband of 11 years she is survived by her children, Virginia E. Houston and her husband, Peter C. McDermott of Cleveland; and Thomas W. Houston of Wellfleet. She is also survived by her grandson, Lewis W. McDermott; by her first husband, T. W. “Woody” Houston of Wellfleet; by her brother Stephen P. Frazier of Wellfleet; by her sister, Elise F. Woodward and her husband Alan C. Woodward of Concord, MA; and by her niece, Lauren W. Cronin and nephew, Andrew A. Woodward, and their children. Her brother D. Alan Frazier predeceased her.

Born in Harrisburg, IL on September 27, 1952, she was daughter of Gloria Barger and Shervert Hughes Frazier, MD. The family lived in Harrisburg; Rochester, MN; Tenafly, NJ; Houston, TX; and Belmont, MA. Rosalie graduated from Tenafly High School in Tenafly, NJ, from Barnard College in New York City with a Bachelors in fine arts and religious studies, and from the University of Washington School of Nursing where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Masters in Nursing, and a Post-Master’s certificate from the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program.

A private graveside service will be held at a future date in Oakdale Cemetery, Wellfleet. Gifts in her name may be made to the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, PO Box 84, Wellfleet, MA 02667 and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

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