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Lorraine L. Thompson
March 11, 1921 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 102) 102 Years Old
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Lorraine Lottie England was born on March 11, 1921 in Oaks N.D. to Harry and Edith England. She was the oldest of four children, which included Harley, Mary and Bob. She graduated from Grandview H.S. in 1940. While attending Ballard Beauty School in Seattle she met and married Grady Tremain, a serviceman stationed at Fort Lewis. They were blessed with a daughter, Darlene, a son, Jerry and a son, John. In 1957 the marriage ended.
While working at Sears Roebuck in Pasco, she met Harold S. Thompson who also worked there. They married on New Year’s Eve 1960. Shortly after, Harold was offered a transfer to Sears in Salem Oregon. She loved the Willamette Valley. So close to the roaring ocean and to the beautiful mountains. Lorraine went to work at J.C. Penney where she worked for 25 ½ years, retiring as office manager in 1986. She and Hal loved to travel and planned to explore the countryside after her retirement. Unfortunately, Hal passed away in March of 1986.
Lorraine was friendly and outgoing and had lots of friends that she enjoyed activities with. A friend suggested she volunteer at Salem Police Department after she retired. Her job was in the evidence area which she loved and took very seriously. She spent 22 ½ years volunteering there.
After 50 years in Salem, she moved to Riverton Independent Living in Richland where her sister, Mary, lived down the hall. She made many dear friends and acquaintances while there. In 2016, just before her 95th birthday she moved to Royal Columbian Assisted Living in Kennewick where she stayed until her passing.
Lorraine is predeceased by her parents, siblings and their spouses, sons Jerry and John and husband Harold.
She is survived by her daughter, Darlene (Russ) Gutmann, granddaughter, Lori (Jeff) Blanc, grandsons, Hans (Leah) Gutmann, Ron Tremain and Sonny (Joanna) Tremain. Also, by several great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren and ten cherished nieces and nephews.
Sincere thanks to Heartlinks Hospice for their compassionate care and to Royal Columbian staff for making Mom feel at home. A Celebration of Life will be held later. Those wishing to sign Lorraine's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.