Janice Bird (Simkins) Frazier

September 24, 1933 ~ April 7, 2020 (age 86)


Janice B. Frazier, age 86, passed away peacefully at her home in Tuscumbia, MO on April 7, 2020.


Janice Bird Simkins was born on September 24, 1933 in Albuquerque, NM to George Harold and Katherine Beazell Bird Simkins.  She grew up in northwest Arkansas and graduated from Rogers High School in 1951.  She was a 1955 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Home Economics.


Janice moved to Gainesville, MO when she accepted a position as Area Home Economist with the University of Missouri Extension Service.  In that capacity, "Miss Janice" served Douglas, Ozark, and Wright counties in a variety of roles -- everything from 4-H groups and women's clubs to Dairy Days and weekly feeder pig auctions.  In 1960 she married Hardy Jefferson Frazier, moved to Noble, MO, and began teaching grades 1-8 at the one-room Noble School.  When Ozark County consolidated its rural schools, the Noble School was closed and "Mrs. Frazier" began teaching at Thornfield Elementary School.  She retired in 1996, having taught a total of 33 years in the schools of Ozark County.


Mrs. Frazier moved from Noble to Sundown in the early 1990’s, then to Jefferson City after retirement, and eventually to Tuscumbia, MO.  She was a member of the Fairgrounds Road Church of Christ.


Survivors include her four daughters, Kathy Frazier (Alan Walton) of Tuscumbia, Emily Towne (Brian) of Russellville, Sarah Jordan (Neal) of O'Fallon, and Sanny Frazier of Jefferson City.  She has four grandchildren:  Daniel Jordan (Christie), Tara Werdehausen (Brandon), Henry Towne, and Jacob Cook; and one great-grandson, Logan Werdehausen.  Also surviving is one sister-in-law, Alice Ann Simkins.


Janice was preceded in death by her former husband, Jeff Frazier; her twin sister, Mary Anne Deffenderfer; her brother, George Simkins; and eight half siblings:  Helen Uher, Dolly Freeman, Nellie Hawkins, Clara Shearn, Alice Bell, Paul Simkins, Harold Simkins, and Donald Simkins.


A private burial was held at Jackson Cemetery near Ulman, MO.  Final arrangements by Phillips Funeral Home, Eldon, MO.


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