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Obituary for Casey Frazer Mercer
MERCER, CASEY FRAZER HILL passed into Our Lord's hands unexpectedly at the age of 28 on June 16, 2011. She died of injuries sustained in a single car accident on June 9, 2011 that occurred in Phippsburg, Maine. Casey married Tim Mercer, the love of her life, on August 22, 2009. Casey was born in Providence, on June 21, 1982. Casey graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts where she was the recipient of the Lorant Fellowship, which honored the student who characterized The Most Earnest Endeavor. This award allowed her to spend the summer after her junior year studying and exploring art, architecture and culture in Barcelona, Spain. After graduating from Phillips Academy, she continued her education at Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor society. Casey studied Spanish and Linguistics, and spent a semester in Chile perfecting her language skills. After college, Casey explored a variety of career options, working as a paralegal in Boston, as an international travel consultant for NETC in Cambridge, and a public relations associate for Nike Communications in New York City. Casey found her true calling three years ago when she accepted a teaching position at the Hyde School in Bath, Maine. Casey was teaching Spanish and coaching cross country running, swimming and diving. In her last year at Hyde, Casey was the Head of the Foreign Language Department and head of house in a girls dormitory at the school. Casey was athletic and, following a family tradition begun by her father, ran the Marine Corps Marathon in New York City in 2006. Casey enjoyed painting, photography and all forms of visual artwork. She had previously sung in a cappella groups and in a gospel choir. She had recently started an Etsy business selling her artwork. While she was often hesitant to divulge this talent, as a child, she had been an accomplished magician. Casey is survived by her husband, Tim Mercer of Bath, Maine; her parents, Roger Hill and Mary Trudeau Hill of Lexington, and her adoring siblings, Caroline, Jehanne, Julia, and Anders Hill of Lexington. She is survived by her maternal grandparents, Brigadier General Thomas and Carolyn Frazer, of Cranston, Rhode Island and Jane and Tom Griffiths of Lexington, Massachusetts. Casey is predeceased by her mother, Lynn Frazer Hill, her maternal uncle, Thomas Frazer. A Mass of Christian Burial in honor of Casey's life will be held at Saint Mark's Church in Garden City in Cranston on Friday, July 1, 2011 at 1000 am with burial at Gate of Heaven cemetery in East Providence. Calling hours will be at Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home in Providence on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 4 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Casey to Holy Name School Alumni Association, 99 Camp Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906. The association provides funding to children's educational and material needs of Holy Name School and Church.