Virginia Fair Frazar Wells passed away Wednesday, July 31 at 4:15 a.m. in Sugar Land, just as she lived her 95 years… with peace, grace, and love for her family and others. She was able to personally tell each one of her daughters, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews how proud she was of them and how much she loved them. With her loving smile and sense of humor she told us that she and Grumps would be looking down on us all and we were to get along!
Fair was born in San Antonio Feb. 13, 1924 to Joe Newton Frazar and Gladys Welford Frazar. She lived 87 joyous years in Eagle Lake, and those years held her fondest memories. Childhood was filled with riding horses, reading, and playing with friends and San Antonio cousins. Years marched merrily along as the drum major for Eagle Lake High School. In the fall of 1941, Fair said farewell to Eagle Lake to attend the University of Texas in Austin from 1941-1945. While there, she was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta, receiving her 75-year pin in 2017. On December 26, 1943 Virginia Fair married Robert Rush “Snip” Wells, Jr. (an Aggie from Columbus). Fair and Robert enjoyed one month as husband and wife before Lt. Wells was shipped overseas to serve with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army in the 6th Armored Division until the end of World War II. After bidding her new husband goodbye in California, Fair returned to Austin to finish her BA degree in English. She had the distinction of being the first married woman to live at the Theta house! “Snip” and Fair were married for 54 years.
Because she was an eternal optimist and encourager, she saw only the good in people. Everyone loved Fair and Fair loved everyone. Anyone who knew Fair Wells remembers how tirelessly she gave to her family, her community, her friends, and her church. Her spirit was contagious. Her warm smile and loving arms soothed family, friends and the community.
In 1946, Fair and 10 post war friends formed the Thursday Bridge Group where they played, laughed, and discussed rules and curfews for their children, and later shared their love for grandchildren and great grandchildren. Fair was active in Republican political campaigns since Eisenhower in 1952. In 1966, she became the first President of Republican Women of Colorado County.
Fair was an active member of the Wintermann Library Board, serving as president for 5 terms and chairing the Study Club auction for 26 years. In the early 1960s, she taught 3rd grade for 2 years and later substituted in Eagle Lake Elementary School. Her love of reading and English degree from the University of Texas spurred her to initiate the Eagle Lake Study Club’s Annual Auction benefiting the Eula and David Wintermann Library. She was a member of EL Garden Club, volunteered at the Food Bank, and served as a Pink Lady at the hospital. In 1977, Xi Pi Psi and Alpha Delta Phi Sororities honored her with Lady of the Year award. She was a member of DAR and DRT. In 2006, the citizens of Eagle Lake witnessed her riding on a float as the Parade Marshall of the Annual Christmas Parade. Fair was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church where she served as the organist for 45 years and on the Altar Guild and Vestry. She was active in the formation of the Montgomery-Thatcher Cemetery Association, dedicated to the maintenance of the family cemetery outside of Eagle Lake. And at the young age of at 85, Fair was flattered when several citizens entertained the idea of her running for mayor…she would have been a great one! Along with all these activities she loved working as a mentor for children at The Lighthouse every Wednesday afternoon through her mid-eighties. She was truly an amazing woman.
In 2011 Fair moved to Sugar Land, to be closer to the activities of her 3 daughters and their growing families. Family was the center of Fair’s life, and with 6 of her 8 grandchildren and 10 of her 11 great-grandchildren living in the greater Houston area, Fair wanted to remain in that center.
Fair was preceded in death by her husband Robert “Snip” Wells; her parents, her brother, BG (Ret.) Joe Newton Frazar, Jr.; sisters-and brothers-in-law I. W. and Trula Wells Russek of Lafayette, LA, Gardner C. and Ann Wells Duncan of Eagle Lake, and Shirley (Bunny) Frazar of Houston. She is survived by her daughters Carol Beth Wells Gore and her husband Clarence Gore of Sugar Land; Julia Wells Blair Law-hon and her husband Mike Lawhon of Katy; and Jane Wells Crawford of Houston; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren: Jeffrey Wells Gore, his wife De’Meese, and her daughter Farrah Brown of Eagle Lake; Carey Gore Rutledge, her husband Doug, and their two children Robert and Audrey of Pearland; Jennifer Rush Blair McFadin, her husband Barry, and their twin daughters Catherine and Elizabeth of Katy; J.Scott Blair, his wife Courtney, and their two children Sloane and Rush of West University; Courtney Law-hon Allen and her two sons Rhett and Reid of Bay-town; Mitchell Lawhon, his wife Kristen, and their son Watson of Baytown; Robert Wells Crawford of Annapolis, Maryland; and Phillip Thatcher Crawford, his wife Hannah, and their son Fredrik “Frits” Wells of St. Louis, Missouri; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and beloved friends.
Pallbearers are her grandsons Jeffrey Gore, J. Scott Blair, Wells Crawford, Thatcher Crawford, Mitch Lawhon, and her nephew Vance Duncan.
Honorary pallbearers are her sons-in-law Clarence Gore and Mike Law-hon; nephews Joe Newton Frazar lll, Richard Frazar, Eliot Tucker; and family friend Dan Gertson, Sr.
The family is deeply appreciative of the tender care and attention Allison Brown has given her the past six years and Dahlia Vassell for the past year.
Farewell, Fair, a faithful servant of God and Christ, “Well done, thou good and loyal servant. Receive the Kingdom that God has prepared for you.”
The viewing was at Eagle Lake Funeral Home (607 N McCarty Ave, Eagle Lake, TX) Sunday, Aug. 4 from 5-7 p.m.
Funeral services were at Christ Episcopal Church and Parish Hall (306 E Stockbridge St.) Monday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m., with interment immediately following at Lakeside Cemetery. The family hopes all will join them at the Community Center (100 N Walnut St.) to celebrate a life well-lived.
Memorials may be made to the Eula & David Wintermann Library, 101 N. Walnut Ave, Eagle Lake, TX 77434 or Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 577, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.