Gail Frazer, known as Margaret Frazer, passed away in her sleep Monday night at the age of 66. She is survived by her two sons (Justin Alexander and Seth Gupton),
her loving daughters-in-law, and the enduring legacy of her
award-winning and nationally bestselling novels and stories.
Twenty years ago, Frazer’s first novel – The Novice’s Tale – was published-- the same summer that she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She published her twenty-fifth novel – The Circle of Witches– last December at a time when she was struggling with the fifth
recurrence of the cancer. She fought long, she fought stubbornly, and
she refused to be defined by the disease which ultimately claimed her
life. In her work, she sought the unique pleasure of thoroughly
exploring the otherwhen and otherwhere. Frazer grew up in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of Fred and Grace Brown.
Her father was a labor attorney and later mayor; her mother was a proud
homemaker. Frazer discovered a love of theater and her future husband
with the Genesius Guild in Rock Island, IL. She appeared in theatrical
productions throughout her life, including essentials roles on the
Guthrie Stage and most recently as part of the Complete Readings of William Shakespeare with the American Shakespeare Repertory.