Thérèse Bernadette Wetmore was born in Solihull, United Kingdom, on October 3, 1955. Her parents were Kathleen (Keane) Frazier and Alan Frazier. In 1963, Bernadette and her family immigrated to the United States traveling via the ocean liner RMS Queen Elizabeth. Initially living in New Castle, Delaware, Bernadette attended Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School. In 1971, the Frazier family relocated to Smyrna, Tennessee for her father’s job. Bernadette graduated from Smyrna High School in 1974. She studied nursing at Middle Tennessee State University, graduating in 1977 to begin her career as a registered nurse. She worked at various hospitals including: Vanderbilt Hospital; Massachusetts General Hospital; New Hampshire Veteran’s Administration Hospital and was universally adored by her patients.
Bernadette met the love of her life, Bruce Wetmore, at Vanderbilt Hospital in 1984. At the time, Bruce was completing his surgical residency. Bernadette and Bruce married on January 3, 1987 in Nashville, Tennessee. The newlyweds relocated to Nashua, New Hampshire, where Bruce began his career as a maxillofacial surgeon. Bruce and Bernadette eagerly began their family and were joined over the next half decade by sons Christopher, Colin, Ryan and Nathan and their daughter, Brianna. Bernadette and Bruce always wanted a large family and were beyond delighted to participate in all the activities of a young active family, from little ones playing soccer to teaching the kids to ski in the White Mountains. The family relocated to Broomfield, Colorado, where Bruce opened his private practice in 2003.
Proud of her children’s myriad accomplishments, Bernadette could often be found cheering from the sidelines of the soccer field or the swim deck. The spirit of exploration was close to Bernadette’s heart and the Wetmores travelled extensively in Europe and Mexico, and returned many times to visit their beloved acquaintances in New Hampshire. The consummate hostess, Bernadette surrounded herself, at home and abroad, with many friends whom she loved like family; she was renowned for her loyal support of family and friends alike. Bernadette was never more at peace than she was by the sea at their vacation home in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, surrounded by her growing children and her warm friendships. Throughout all of these travels and adventures, Bernadette was the glue that united the family. A dedicated wife, she was never far from Bruce’s side and was his devoted cheerleader through sickness and in health
Her greatest pride was in her five accomplished children, and she beamed in every photo she took beside them in their cap & gowns as they graduated first from university then on to their various graduate degrees, including law school, medical school, and business school. Her distinctive laughter and warm heart will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
After a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Bernadette peacefully went to heaven from her home while surrounded by her family and friends and listening to “Sweet Child O Mine.” Bernadette was preceded in death by her parents, Alan and Kathleen Frazier. She is survived by her husband Bruce; children Christopher, Colin, Ryan, Nathan and Brianna; and her brother Alan Frazier. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Pancreatic Action Network at www.pancan.org
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