Beaverton - Lorraine was joyfully welcomed
into heaven on Oct. 18, 2018 where she joins her late husband,
Mel (deceased, 2012) in a grand reunion of friends and family.
Our family so treasured this woman that we decided to
share a collage of her for you.
A daughter-in-law recalls once grocery
shopping with Lorraine when she noticed how deep into
conversation Lorraine was with someone in the check out.
She thought they must be old friends … such was the
tenor and length of their conversation.
She asked Mom when they were outside who this person was.
Mom replied, smiling, “Never met him before.”
“Grandma’s little laugh always brought
a smile to my face instantly, and I can still hear it in my head
when I think about it. Something very calming … it made me
feel like I belonged in her presence and reminded me that she
wanted me (personally) to be there with her.”
“There are no words to describe my vast
appreciation for the love of Christ you had and the way you
instilled those same values into your family. Grandma, I love
you so much. I love your infectious laugh, your smile, and
especially the way you have inspired me to care for others like
you did. If I can be half the woman you were, then I think I'll
be better off than most.”
“Grateful she taught me about angels,
miracles, the value of good friends, a good laugh, and how to
“She was a ready smile, warm,
affectionate, rooted in faith, authentic, deeply loyal, open,
childlike and forgiving. The
bottom line is she made me feel loved, like I belonged and like
I was a precious child of God. What an Incredible Gift!”
“She enjoyed the moment. Once, on a family trip, she swung a laundry bag to playfully
hit my brother in the head.
Turns out there was a camera in it and my brother went
reeling. She felt bad and made sure he was okay … all the while
trying to stop laughing.”
“She was Resilient. I know she
always may not have had an easy life. She left her parents and
became a nurse, graduating from Georgetown Nursing School. She
was in the Army and served her country. She then moved across
the country to Oregon, and She and Mel raised 8 boys!!!
I just want to repeat the SHE RAISED 8 INCREDIBLE MEN!!!
She was “out-of-this-world" devoted to Mel. She stood by
his side and cared for him during some very difficult
Lorraine’s Hospice Nurse remarked, “In
my 30 years of doing hospice, she has been my favorite
In both living and dying, she touched so
many people. Please
join us in celebrating this life!
The funeral mass of Christian Burial will be Friday,
October 26 at 11am at Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton.
(Rosary will be at 10:15 am and a luncheon following the
service.) In lieu of flowers, please donate to Oregon Right to
Life or the Regis/St. Mary’s Foundation.
Thank you. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral