Missoula couple leaves gifts to Meals on Wheels, Humane Society

2013-02-05T22:20:00Z 2013-02-08T12:11:34Z Missoula couple leaves gifts to Meals on Wheels, Humane SocietyBy Kim Briggeman of the Missoulian missoulian.com

The list goes on and on.

Percy Frazier was known as “Mr. Rotary” for his service with the Missoula Rotary Club for more than 80 years. His wife, Adrienne, also was a longtime Rotary supporter, and together they were involved in a catalog of organizations that benefit the old, young and in-between, not to mention pets and wild animals of many shapes and sizes.

Percy died in 2006, Adrienne in 2011. Both were 94. But before they left, they made sure they would keep on giving.

Their will included gifts totaling $125,000 to two local nonprofits – $75,000 to the Meals on Wheels program at Missoula Aging Services and $50,000 to the Humane Society of Western Montana.

“They have left an endowment which MAS and its clients will appreciate for years to come,” Susan Kohler, executive officer of Missoula Aging Services, said Tuesday in a joint announcement.

Kohler said the gift helps ensure stability by providing “an ongoing source of funding to meet the growing demand for Meals On Wheels.”

According to the Missoula Aging Services website, Meals On Wheels serves hot lunches to some 500 homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in Missoula County. The meals are prepared by the Providence Center under direction of a registered dietitian and delivered by a network of volunteer drivers between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. On Fridays, they also provide frozen meals for those who need them over the weekend.

The Meals On Wheels service area radiates from downtown Missoula to Lolo, Frenchtown, Turah and Clinton.

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The Fraziers’ gift to the Humane Society of Western Montana was their way of creating a permanent legacy honoring their love of pets and the community, executive director Lora O’Connor said.

“We are so grateful for the long-lasting support it will provide for our programs that save the lives of homeless animals,” O’Connor said.

The Humane Society of Western Montana is marking its 50th year of operation in 2013. The full-service shelter takes in more than 1,000 cats and dogs a year – an average of at least three a day – and according to its website boasted an adoption rate in 2010 and 2011 of 98 percent. The shelter also offers a variety of educational programs.

The Fraziers, both World War II veterans, spread their philanthropic wings wide from their home of nearly 50 years in Pattee Canyon.

They were significant supporters of the Boy Scouts of America, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Cedars Home for Children, the University of Montana Foundation and educational endowments.

Percy, born in 1911, moved with his family to Missoula as a boy. He accompanied his father, Percy Sr., to Rotary Club meetings as a boy in the 1920s and joined the club in 1936 at age 25. He followed in his father’s footsteps to become secretary of the club and remained in that position for 38 years, according to a Missoulian feature in 2005 marking Rotary International’s 100-year anniversary.

Jean Bowman, the first female president of Missoula Rotary, was a longtime friend of the Fraziers. Bowman founded Legacy Montana, a group of more than 50 nonprofits working together to inspire community members to remember their favorite nonprofits in their wills.

Both Missoula Aging Services and the Humane Society of Western Montana participate in Legacy Montana.

“Percy and Adrienne Frazier embodied the spirit behind legacy giving,” Bowman said in Tuesday’s announcement. “They understood the importance of not only helping sustain their favorite charitable organizations during their lifetimes, but also ensuring that their good work could continue after they were gone.”

Reporter Kim Briggeman can be reached at (406) 523-5266 or by email at kbriggeman@missoulian.com.

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