It is with great sorrow to announce that Linda Mae Elizabeth (Mathisen) Fraley joined her Lord on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at the age of 73 after a fight with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Born on February 2nd, 1946 in Oakland, California, she was the mother of Deneise, Paulette, Dena and Brian along with many others who loved her like a Mom. Linda was kind, faith centered and loved all whom she met. She always had time to listen, give sincere, honest advice and spend time in her yard constantly maintaining and adding new gardens and plants. Linda’s love for music and animals was demonstrated in her early years during middle and high school. When she attended Castro Valley middle and high schools she sang in the choir and played the clarinet, eventually graduating to more difficult instruments including the Alto Sax and enjoyed playing in the award winning marching band. Her family moved to Yelm, WA when she was in high school and she quickly became involved in her school community through activities such as 4H, where she had an affection for the milk cows her father (Leonard B. Mathisen Sr.) and the McMonigle family raised and proudly showed those adorable brown and white Jersey cows with the giant brown eyes across many community fairs as well as the Puyallup State Fair. She was involved in Future Homemakers of America (FHA) and voted Future Farmer’s of America (FFA) sweetheart. She played multiple reed instruments in the superior rated Yelm High School band and sang in the choir. In adulthood Linda spent the majority of her life in the Puget Sound and the Thurston County area. She was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the Breakfast Brunch at Tumwater Nickleby’s from her sobriety date of June 20th, 1990 and throughout her life. AA was an unwavering foundation in addition to her life compass guided by her spirituality and Catholic faith. For 30 years she was as an established daycare provider, as well as co-owner with her husband of Accent Windows & Doors. She was an incredible gardener, adored wildlife as well as camping, the outdoors, cooking, listening to music for all moments in life, and most importantly did not just love the Seahawks, but was most certainly the 12th woman! Her grandchildren were her world, watching them succeed in school, sports, hobbies, new adventures and stepping stones throughout their lives brought her great joy. Linda is survived by her husband of 41 years, Gary Fraley of Lacey, WA; her daughters Deneise (Edwards) Kopetzky (David Kopetzky) of Bremerton, WA, Paulette (Pauli) Wilson of Yelm, WA, Dena Mae (David Larson) of Adna, WA, and Brian (Bo) Fraley of Lacey, WA. Her sister Sharon Johnson of Yelm, WA, as well as her grandchildren Ashley, Collin, Caitrin, Brandi, Jeffrey, Chelsie, MacKensie, MacKale, Gavin, Savannah, Alyssa, Liam and many others who loved her including her many step-children and step-grandchildren. Linda will be remembered by her nieces, nephews, extended family, dear friends and daycare families who have loved her dearly; the list of those she touched and impacted her life is far reaching beyond those mentioned here. Linda, Mom, Grammy will be missed by so many! A Catholic funeral will be celebrated in memory of Linda on Friday, September 27th at 12PM proceeded by a reading of the rosary at 11:15AM at Saint Michaels Catholic Downtown Parish, 1055 Boundary St. SE Olympia, Washington, with the service officiated by Father Jim Lee. A procession to Yelm Cemetery will follow with a grave-side service and a celebration of life at Lake Lawrence Community Club from 4PM to 7PM located at 15735 Topaz Drive SE, Yelm, WA. If you know Linda, you know that it’s Blue Friday so please join us and wear your favorite Seahawks gear! In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/linda-mae-mathisenfraley-memorial?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet. Any residual funds beyond what is needed for her uncovered health care and memorial costs will be donated to the ALS Foundation to support finding a cure.
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