Lorraine Adeline Nelson passed away peacefully on the morning of Friday, August 6, 2021, at the age of 93 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Laurie Ann (Tom) Sutherland of Warman, David (Darlene) Nelson and Naomi Brandt, both of Medicine Hat; six grandchildren, Amy Sutherland, Ashley Sutherland (John McCann), Jesse Nelson, Pam (Taso) Mikos, Jeremy Brandt (Yai Senarit), and Kim Brandt; four great grandchildren, Aubrey Brandt, Xavier Brandt-Plantinga, Katie Mikos and Niko Mikos; brother, Sonny (Joy) Anderson of Maple Creek; sister-in-law, Muriel McGregor of Sundre as well as many nieces and nephews. Lorraine was predeceased by her husband of 59 years Richard; her parents, Albert and Randine Anderson; sister-in-law, Dorothy Ross; brothers-in-law, Bill McGregor and Bob Ross; nieces, Jennifer Anderson and Irene McGregor.
Lorraine was born on the family farm three miles west of Robsart on December 6, 1927. She grew up on the farm and started her education across the road at Luce School, and then on to Robsart School. She finished her 12th year of schooling at Shaunavon High School. She then went on to Teachers’ College at the Provincial Normal School in Moose Jaw and obtained her Teachers’ Certificate in 1948.
She started her teaching career at Luce School and then taught at Robsart School until 1959.
In 1956, she met Richard Nelson from Harmattan, Alberta when he delivered a load of lumber from his sawmill to her father’s farm. They were married on July 19, 1957 in Robsart.
Lorraine and Richard were blessed with three children, Laurie Ann (1958), David (1959), and Naomi (1966). Lorraine was very active on the farm and ran combines, tractors and bailers as well as working with cattle. Lorraine had a large garden and raised chickens and turkeys. She preserved all kinds of fruits and vegetables that were enjoyed during the winter. Her bread-making skills were second to none and there was always a plate of fresh buns and preserves offered to friends who stopped by.
Lorraine loved collecting strawberry-themed items, and many friends and relatives added to this collection.
Lorraine was very artistic and enjoyed many crafts and hobbies such as Artex painting, cross stitch, paper tole, painting, scrapbooking and cake decorating. Each grandchild would get a special birthday cake designed to their specifications.
In 1983 Lorraine and Richard retired to Medicine Hat. They soon started travelling to Arizona to enjoy the mild winters with friends. They were active members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and Lorraine always made herself available for volunteering in the community.
Lorraine will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The funeral service will be held in the Seventh Day Adventist Church (1933 Dunmore Road SE) on Wednesday August 11th at two p.m. with Pastor Ryan Reeves officiating. The service will be live-streamed and available for viewing by visiting YouTube, searching Medicine Hat Seventh Day Adventist Church and clicking on the picture of Lorraine. A private family interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.gracememorial.com.
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