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Theo Frick Abelmann October 26, 1920 - January 10, 2014

February 05, 2014

Theo Frick Abelmann, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2014, in Santa Barbara, California, surrounded by her family.Theo lived in Santa Barbara since May 2014, to be near her daughter Suzette.

Born in Chapin, South Carolina, on Oct. 26, 1920, she grew up in Columbia, S.C.,graduated Magna Cum Laude, University of South Carolina, Phi Beta Kappa.

Theo married the Reverend Vernon Frazier in 1942. Together they served a number of Lutheran parishes in South Carolina, including St. James Lutheran Church in Sumter, Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Columbia, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Charleston. In the mid 50’s, they moved to London, England, doing missionary work with refugees and established a church serving an international congregation. In 1963, the Fraziers moved to La Canada, California serving the Lutheran Church of the Foothills.

Following a divorce from Pastor Frazier, Theo moved to La Crescenta, California, working for the Bible Fellowship Hour in Montrose. She met William (Bill) Abelmann, a real estate appraiser, and, with much happiness, married him in 1974. They traveled throughout the world, visiting all 50 states. Joining the La Canada Presbyterian Church in 1982, they often entertained friends and family in their lovely antiquefilled home. Active in her church, Theo served two terms as Deacon, spending many happy hours in the church’s social groups, including the Pathfinders and Voyagers. She was an expert on world crosses, and made presentations to religious and secular groups.

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Theo and Bill’s marriage was a loving one, and Bill often referred to Theo as “my little angel.” After the passing of Theo’s beloved in 2002, the Kiwanis Club made her a honorary member. Theo epitomized a gracious southern lady. She had a welcoming and encouraging smile for anyone she met. She appreciated the true beauty of others, looking beyond appearance into a person’s heart. She was always dressed to the nines, with matching jewelry, clothes, purses, and, especially, shoes. She cultivated an innate sense of style.

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