Mary K. Frost

Mary K. FrostMary K. Frost of Ridgecrest died May 10, 2017. She was 72. Her passing followed a short illness, after her participation in ceremonies of Supreme Shrine of the Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Born Sept. 20, 1944 in Burbank, Dr. Frost was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Jarvis Frost, Sr. and Mary (née Myer) Frost. She is survived by her husband, Alex Topar of Ridgecrest; a brother Edward J. Frost, Jr., and wife Linda of Lancaster; niece, Lisa Sotelo of Lancaster; nephew, Edward J. Frost III of El Cajon; great-niece, Trisha Guerra of Lancaster; chosen niece and nephew, Rhonda and Mark Thompson of Rosamond; chosen sister, Catherine-Grace Patrick of Sacramento; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeanette Topar and Rick Moore, of Manhattan, N.Y.

After earning a bachelor’s degree, Mary graduated magna cum laude with a master’s in business and economics from Golden Gate University in 1973. She earned doctorate degrees in public administration and business administration from University of Southern California in 1981. Because of her academic excellence, she was invited to teach at the Edwards Air Force Base Campus of Golden Gate University in 1974. During an extended assignment at the Pentagon, she authored a policy manual for the United States Navy. She also attended George Washington University, in Washington D.C., where she completed additional graduate studies.

She married Alex Topar of Ridgecrest in April 1983. The couple celebrated their 34th anniversary in Milwaukee. After relocating from Palmdale to Ridgecrest in 1974, Dr. Frost was employed full-time in a civilian capacity at China Lake until her retirement in 1994.

In 1988, the duo opened their jewelry store, Mr. T’s Fine Jewelry, where she served as president and Alex as vice president and designing jeweler.

Dr. Frost joined the Desert Holly Chapter, No. 547 of the Eastern Star, a sister branch of the Masonic Order at the Indian Wells Valley Lodge No. 684, F. & A. M., in 1993. During her tenure, she served as Worthy Matron in the years 1999, 2001, 2014, and 2016. On Jan. 11, 2003, she joined the Purple Sage Shrine, No. 108, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, where during the year 2012, she served as Watchman of Shepherds, and in 2016 as Worthy High Priestess. Mary also became a member of the Order of the Amaranth in 2013. She was active in each of these fraternal Orders until her life’s end.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, June 16, at 2 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge. Those who knew and loved Mary are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Supreme Shrine M.O. General Fund / Attention Judy Inukai / Supreme Worthy Scribe /11077 Fawnhaven Drive / St. Louis, MO, 63126, (or) to Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardio-Vascular Department / Cedars-Sinai Gift Administration / 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416, / Los Angeles, CA 90048-0750. Condolences may be sent to the family at: The White Shrine Order of Jerusalem / In Blessed Memory of Dr. Mary K. Frost / The Indian Wells Valley Lodge No. 684, F. & A. M. / 625 No. Norma St. / Ridgecrest, CA 93555.

Topar and his family wish to convey their deep appreciation to the Emergency Room Physicians, Cardio-Pulmonary Surgeons, and to the Nursing Staff on floor # 12-S of Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee, for their gracious kindness and dedication to Dr. Frost and to her husband, Alex.

— Submitted by the family of Mary Frost

Story First Published: 2017-06-09