Sandra Smith Fraser, our beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, was born September 18, 1935, in Cedar City, Utah, to LJ Hopkins Smith and Florence Eldredge Smith. Her father was told by the doctor that crying was not a necessary part of birth. To demonstrate, when Sandra arrived, the doctor blew a single, smooth breath across her newborn skin, and she took her first breath without a sound. Later in her life, Sandra’s father told her this story and expressed his hope that her passing would be as peaceful as her birth. On May 22, 2021, Sandra left this earth just as serenely as she had entered it, fulfilling her father’s wish.
Sandra grew up in Henderson, Nevada, with her four sisters. She married Warren Howard Fraser on July 18, 1958, in the St. George Utah Temple.
Sandra was very intelligent and loved to read and write. She received a degree in English from Brigham Young University and used her education to further the education of others, including by teaching college English to night school students. After raising her children, she would also serve a seventeen-year mission at the LDS Museum of Church History and Art from 1991 to 2008, writing guidebooks for several Church historical sites.
Sandra was an avid storyteller, who enjoyed games and puzzles. She had a gift for communicating with children, understanding their inner workings, and appealing to their imaginations.
Above all, Sandra was full of kindness, and loved deeply and unconditionally.
Sandra is survived by her three sisters, Marsha Jane Tuttle, Sheila True Davis, and Carole Noel Sloan; brother, Jerry Morris; and six children, Anna Witcher (Jeffrey), Thomas Fraser (Monique), Mary Johnson (Mark), David Fraser (Anna), Jennifer Fraser Parrish (Zac), and Elisabeth Larson (Steve). She is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Warren; dear sister, Gail Ann Dominguez; and beloved daughter, Susan Johnson (Kerry).
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the Mount Jordan 7th Ward LDS Chapel, 235 East 9800 South in Sandy, with a viewing prior to the services from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Following the services, Sandra will be laid to rest next to Warren at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South in Sandy. For online condolences and Zoom information, please visit www.larkincares.com
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