Colonel Patricia "Pat" Ellen Frain, 75


Colonel Patricia “Pat” Ellen Frain, 75, died on Monday, May 3, 2021.

Private services will be held at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Burial will be at St. Agnes Cemetery, in Hillsboro, at a later date. Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is assisting the family with arrangements.

Colonel Frain was born on June 19, 1945, in St. Louis, MO, to Luke and Ann Frain. She was a member of the 1963 graduating class of Hillsboro High School. Ms. Frain started her life of service when she received her nursing degree from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO.  

She joined the United States Air Force on June 13, 1970, where she served for 22 years before retiring on August 31, 1992, as a Full Bird Colonel.  Ms. Frain received numerous awards and medals throughout her life including the Meritorious Service Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Force Training Ribbon.

Upon retiring from the United States Air Force, Colonel Frain became a Legion of Merit Medal recipient, a medal awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for meritorious and outstanding service to the United States and one of the highest honors awarded to military personnel.

After retirement, she moved to Sunrise Beach, TX, where she served as mayor for 13 years. Those that knew her will remember her as a no-nonsense leader, in which she was respected, admired and loved by many. After retiring from the mayoral position, she spent the majority of her time sewing and quilting. Ms. Frain also loved golfing, shooting, woodworking, and quilting and embroidering with her sister and countless friends.

Colonel Frain is survived by her only and “favorite sister,” Jane (husband Clyde) Chesser; three nieces, Becky Jorn, Brenda (husband Terry) Young and Julie (husband Bob) Pachesa; and several great nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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