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Joan Ellen Frasier

July 31, 1949 July 21, 2019
Joan Ellen Frasier
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Joan Ellen Frasier

Joan Ellen Frasier passed away peacefully after a fight with cancer on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at her home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho surrounded by her wife, Maryann Smith; son, Sean Chatham; and friends. She was 69 years old.
Joan was born in Beaumont Texas and was raised for much of her childhood in San Francisco. It was in school that she met her future husband the late Brent Chatham and gave birth to her son, Sean Chatham.
In 1996 she moved north, eventually making her home in Coeur d’Alene where she met her wife Maryann Smith. Together, they loved camping, rockhounding, and fishing with their grandsons Jacob and R.J. Smith. Joan loved creating smudge fans and helping Maryann at her shop, Gaia’s Rock’n Crystals, where she entertained children while their parents shopped. She was a student of Native American History, lore, and spirituality and embraced her Chickasaw ancestry.
Throughout her life she worked as a CNA, a refinery worker and a trucker. Everywhere she went the people who met her loved her. She approached everyone with open arms and was always able to see the good side of people. She always made others comfortable with her smile and warm presence.
Joan leaves behind her wife Maryann Smith of Coeur d’Alene, her son and daughter in law Sean Chatham and Alison Denno of Providence RI, her stepson Michael Smith of Coeur d’Alene, her stepson, Justin Smith and his fiance Riki Forsman of Lewiston, Idaho and her Grandsons Jacob Smith of Vail Colorado and R.J. Smith of Hauser, Idaho.
Joan’s family would like to thank the staff at Crest Hospice for their kind and compassionate care during her last few weeks. Per her wishes there will be a potluck celebration of her life held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Shriners Club Event Center, 1250 West Lancaster Rd., Hayden from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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Celebration of Life




11:00 AM 7/27/2019 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 7/27/2019 1:00:00 PM
Shriners Club Event Center

1250 W Lancaster Rd
Hayden, ID 83835

Shriners Club Event Center
1250 W Lancaster Rd Hayden 83835 ID
United States

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