Violet Hart Frazier
February 8, 1922
October 10, 2017
Violet Hart Frazier, 95, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at her home on Tanglewood Drive, Abilene, Texas. Funeral services will be 1:00 Pm, October 17, 2017 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy. 277 South, Abilene, Texas. Graveside will take place 3:00PM, October 17, 2017 at Corinth Cemetery located between Cisco and Eastland, Texas, on County Road 154.
Violet Vale Hart Frazier was born February 8, 1922, in Eastland County to Samuel G. Hart and Ina Thompson Hart who settled in that area when they married. Violet's parents emphasized education, values and ethics - and set an example of hard work and enterprise. Immediately upon graduation from Cisco High School, at age seventeen, Violet volunteered to work at Cisco Lumber and Supply where she did not receive a salary, but observed and learned business protocol. She had a gift for math but realized she needed additional skills and took an accounting course by mail. She then worked for Ford Motor Company and later did bookkeeping for several banks and businesses in Cisco and Breckenridge.
After WW11 ended, Violet moved to Abilene where she was employed by an oil company. It was the age of the oil boom and before long she was hired to do the bookkeeping for the Abilene Petroleum Club. She met her husband, Art Frazier, at the club in 1956 and they married in 1961. Mr. Frazier died in November 1963. He was well known in the community for his generosity. He had been engaged in oil and ranching operations which fell to Violet to manage after his death. With only limited experience, she immediately applied herself in learning all the aspects of the operations. She admitted she stumbled a little at first, but with renewed effort and diligence, she became recognized as one of the most successful and influential women in oil and ranching endeavors. Violet owned ranches at Haskell, Lueders, and Hearne, Texas; and Versailles, Missouri.
Violet loved her mother and father and never forgot her roots. She always emphasized that the examples of her parents and her faith guided her in all her decisions. She remained close to her family, including many nieces and nephews. She was always grateful for her good mind, curiosity, and natural abilities. She gave God the credit for everything in her life and was a life-long member of the First Methodist Church.
She is survived by nieces and nephews: Barbara Lamphear; Tamara Hart Royal and daughters Holly Trotter and Steffany Royal; Diana Clark and daughter, Meagan Clark; Ken Kamon and daughter Zoe Faith, and Kaye Kamon and son Isaac Eliasen. Other beloved nieces and nephews include Zachary Hart, Zane Hart, and Georgia Hailey, and sister-in-law Ruth Hart and daughter Lou Ann Pugliese.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Fern Hart, Rose Clark and Effie Kamon; and brothers Tom Hart, G. W. Hart, and Garnett Hart; nephews, Charles Clark, Jr., Samuel Hart, Jeffrey Trotter, and Blair Lamphear.
Memorial donations may be made to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Abilene, Texas.