Lorraine Ida Weiss August 29, 1929 to March 24, 2010
Lorraine Ida Weiss passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Auburn on March 24, 2010. She was also known to many in Auburn as "Mom." She was born in Darrington, Washington on August 29th, 1928 to Lawrence Anthony and Myrtle Matilda Weiss. She is survived by her daughter Pamela Bacon of Kennewick, WA, sons Quenten Bacon, Troy (Sue) Hale, Kelly(Dawn)Thomas all of Auburn, Scott(Paula)Thomas of Enumclaw and Jeff Thomas of Tacoma, Ruth (Mark) Ferguson of Auburn, brother Larry(Sue) Weiss of Kennewick, sister Jill(Ray) Donovan of Maine, 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, great aunts Cynthia Gunter of Benton City, WA and JoAnn(Jack) Lafeman of Vancouver, WA, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Myrtle Weiss and sisters Lisa Gangestad and June Wolfe.
Throughout Mom's life she loved the outdoors and camping. She especially loved Squire Creek in Darrington as a destination point. Camping brought peace to her heart and soothed her soul. Being in the woods was one of the ways she loved to spend free time with family and friends. Whether it was for an afternoon, a weekend or week Mom was ready to experience a new adventure when it gave her the opportunity to be away from the busy city. She loved sleeping under the stars. Before the end of any camping excursion there were always stories about either her parents or grandparents and her childhood memories of her grandparents in Darrington growing up. Of course the two most memorable stories told and retold were about Grandpa Getchman always trying to corral his grandchildren into holding hands as he grabbed onto the electric fence or convincing whoever wanted to assist him in spear fishing, which until most of us were young adults didn't know it was not exactly on the legal side of the law to participate in that practice.
One of Mom's favorite adventures in the not so recent past was the month she spent traveling through Alaska. The memorable trip to get a soft ice cream that took her 4 days and included picking up hitchhikers from Germany, a side trip to the Veterans Memorial outside Denali Park, viewing a grizzly with its cubs, and eventually making it to both the North Pole and Chicken Alaska, which is the end of the road! Watching the Bald Eagles, taking the school bus out to the wilderness area in Denali National Park, gold panning, playing in the arctic water Mom savored every minute she spent in Alaska. That vacation also afforded her the opportunity to spend a week with her sisters, Lisa and June. It was the first time as adults that they had spent quality "sister" time together. The three of them talked and laughed about old times and new, gossiped and shared stories that only sisters talk about.
Mom also loved Auburn, Washington. She spent the last 30 years living there, raising her boys, working and retiring. She was devoted to the downtown area and always commented on how safe she felt coming home from work or just going out in the evening. After she retired her favorite times to be downtown were during The Veterans' Day parade and Auburn Good 'Ole Days. Rain or shine, up until the last few years, she was right out front enjoying not only the parade but keeping in touch with old friends. Jenny and Debbie from the salon, Sonny from the Muckleshoot Tribal Nation, Mr. Rottle from Rottle's Clothing, Debbie and Rodney from the Puyallup Tribal Nation plus many old friends and former customers. People marching would leave the parade to come over and give mom a hug, give her a peck on the cheek and wish her well. On Sunday of Auburn Good 'Ole Days she would not let Quenten out of the house without taking her over to look at the antique car show. As she reminisced, recalling which family member or friend had owed what car she openly shared her memories with all that would listen. It was hours of meeting, greeting, talking and sharing food with those friends that she had not seen since the last parade.
Mom was also proud to be an American, devoted to her country and those who served their country. She cried at patriotic songs on the radio or if she were attending a ball game. Two of her sons, Quenten (US Army) and Troy (US Marines) served in the military. She was an avid supporter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion and the VFW. If there was a red poppy or flag for sale she purchased and wore it with pride.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Price-Helton Funeral Home, Auburn, Washington at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Reception to follow.