TRAVERSE CITY — Frances K. Cazier (nee Frances K. King), 94, of Traverse City, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Traverse City.
Fran was born in Mexico City, D.F., Mexico, on Aug. 17, 1918. She was the oldest of two children born to the Rev. Lorin H. and Mary (Freeman) King while they were serving in Mexico as Presbyterian missionaries. Fran learned Spanish there and in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, where her mother continued mission work.
Fran went to school in Chicago, Evansville and Ripon, Wis. After graduation from Ripon College Fran went to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin.
While in graduate school Fran wed her college beau, Percy W. Cump Jr. Percy served in the U.S. Army in Panama, where Fran worked in the labor office as an interpreter hiring workers for jobs in the Panama Canal Zone.
Due to the U.S. declaring war Fran returned to Chicago. After the war Fran and her family moved to Oak Lawn, Ill., where she was active first as a homemaker and later as an elementary school teacher.
She retired from teaching and moved to Elk Rapids in 1974. Later she married Gordon (Ted) Cazier. Fran worked with MESC’s Migrant Program and as a teacher of English as a second language. After living in Florida for 25 years Fran returned to Traverse City in 2007.
Fran was active in the First Congregational Church of Oak Lawn, Ill., serving on the Board of Deacons and singing in the choir. She continued to be active in church affairs wherever she lived.
A lifelong love of music included show tunes and popular music as well as sacred music. In addition to music Fran enjoyed travel, reading, genealogy, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, swimming, bridge and playing baseball.
Fran was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Lorin W. King, and numerous cousins and in-laws.
Fran is survived by her five children, David (Dr. Norma) Cump, of Irving, Texas, Jon Cump, of Traverse City, Sandra (Assad) Al-Shamma, of Traverse City, Charles Cump, of Denver, and Dr. Paul W. (Susie) Cump, of Colorado Spring, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her niece, Nancy Wasko, of Palmer, Mass.
Fran’s family would like to thank Grand Traverse Pavilions for care given to Fran in her final years while she lived at Hawthorn and Willow cottages.
A family celebration of Fran’s life will be held in August. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Grand Traverse Pavilions, 1000 Pavilions Circle, Traverse City, MI 49684.