Lorraine E. Stults

June 30, 1925-Nov. 19, 2002

HERMISTON — Lorraine Evangeline (Cyr) Stults died Nov. 19 at the Good Samaritan Center in Hermiston at the age of 77.

The eldest of four girls, Lorraine was born on June 30, 1925 in Boston, Mass., to John L. and Celine Cyr. As a young girl she moved with her family from Maine to Paris in 1934 and attended a private boarding school for girls. She remembered bathing in sea water and knitting to pass the time on the ship from New York to France.

Growing up, she learned to speak French and English. By age 10, she was fluent in both languages. The family returned to the safety of the United States during World War II where Lorraine attended an all-girls Catholic boarding school in Maine. She had many fond memories of riding in a horse-drawn sleigh across the snow from the train station to her grandparent's home in Northern Maine for winter holidays. Her grandmother was an excellent cook and she enjoyed many traditional Acadian meals as a young girl.

On May 4, 1945, she married Howard Stults in Fort Wayne, Ind. They couple soon moved to Southern California where Lorraine had three children. While the marriage did not last, and she faced many challenges in her life, she was a devoted mother. On Feb. 26, 1962, she received the "outstanding mother of the year" award from her three young children.

Lorraine loved animals and the family always had a dog, a cat or both. She was active in animal health issues and coordinated local rabies clinics. She served as a member of a local coordinating council which put several parks, a large pool, and library in Woodland Hills, Calif. She also taught French language, song and dance in a private nursery school.

Later in life, she joined the LDS church and was inspired to research the genealogy and history of her family. She wrote and published several articles in the St. John Valley Times (the local paper in Madawaska, Maine) about her memories growing up as a young girl. She was very proud of her French-Canadian, Acadian heritage and continued to read and speak French throughout her life.

Lorraine moved to Hermiston in 1992 to be close to her family. She was proud of her children and grandchildren and was loved by them all. For the last few years of her life, she lived in the Good Samaritan Center where she was appreciative of the kind staff.

A friend of more than 25 years described Lorraine as exceptionally empathetic, compassionate and charming. She had a great smile, an engaging personality, and sparkling eyes. She was an outgoing, vibrant person with a healthy appetite for life. She loved best the simple things in life — a purring cat, a good meal and a big smile.

Survivors include two daughters, Gretchen Erickson of Hermiston, and Heidi Baldwin of Ketchum, Idaho; a son, Charles Stults of Los Angeles; two sisters, Theresa Callahan of Atlanta, Ga., and Francine Mueller of Half Moon Bay, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Lillian Gregg.

A memorial service was held at the Good Samaritan Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Center in Hermiston.

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