Lorraine Walter passed away at 69 years of age after a prolonged illness. Born to Evelyne and Forrest Lair, she took the name Lorraine Wills after her motherís remarriage to Chester Wills in 1955, up until her marriage to Raymond Walter on September 9th, 1967. She is survived by her husband, her son Brian and granddaughter Taya, her daughter Jeneen and granddaughter Jazmine, her brother Preston and her sister Patty.
We are blessed with only a short time on this earth to make a meaningful difference, to chart our own course, and define our own purpose. Virtue, selflessness, humility and tolerance are values we often aspire to and associate with greatness. Lauri personified these values and by all measures was great in the eyes of her family and to the many lives she touched. She soaked up life every single day and gave back equally as much. While we mourn her passing , we celebrate the joy she brought to us and the difference she made.
Lauri knew who she wanted to be early in life. She devoted herself to the service of others, and in doing so became the Matriarch of her family and a thoughtful leader in her personal and professional life. As the big sister to Preston and Patty, she helped her mother raise them during their formative years in the Southern Oregon Valley. Before graduating Corvallis High school in 1961, she volunteered in assisting developmentally disabled children and as a ĎCandy Striperí at Good Samaritan in Corvallis. Immediately following graduation she attended Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Eugene, graduating in 1964. She began her nursing career in Eugene and San Jose, CA before moving to Pacific Communities Hospital (PCH) in Newport, OR where she worked in various capacities from 1965 until her retirement in 2009. She was selected as one of fifteen nurses representing Oregon for National Nurses Day in 1989, and named Nurse of the Year at PCH in 1990. Throughout, she balanced her career with that of a loving wife and caring mother.
She said the best time in her life was the time she spent in an Alaska logging camp during the early 1970ís. She said it was such an exciting adventure with her young family in the wilds of Alaska. She would revisit several times on family fishing trips in recent years, once having a 200 pound halibut to the boat. Throughout her life she enjoyed gardening, reading and researching family history. Her short retirement was spent with her grandchildren and extended family and she took up the hobby of oil painting which she excelled at.
Lorraine made a difference.
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