A lifetime Idaho and Oregon resident, Lorraine M. (Rowland) Wells, 91, died Dec. 1 under hospice care at the Boise Overland Court Senior Living Center due to dementia.
She was born Dec. 14, 1924, in Boise to Ralph and Sophie (Heinrich) Rowland, the fourth of five children.
At age 5, the family moved to McCall in their model A Ford via the crooked, narrow dirt road from Boise to rejoin other family members. Afterward, she and her family lived there for many years before she moved to Oregon.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Wells; parents, Ralph S. and Sophie E. Rowland; brothers, Leonard and Edward Rowland; sister Alta Fairchild; and son-in-law Russell Huskey.
She is survived by her sister, Fay Fincher; and sister-in-law Agnes Hieb; five children Roger (Denice) Clyne, Kay Huskey, Tom (Barbara) Clyne, Cindy (David) Williams and Darla (Roger) Hemmert. Additionally, she is survived by 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Lorraine was a devoted mother and grandmother who possessed a strong work ethic and was a dependable employee from an early age.
She proudly completed her G.E.D. in midlife while working as a school cook in Monmouth, where she retired in 1987.
She was multi-talented and at an early age became an expert seamstress on a Singer treadle sewing machine, which allowed her to make clothes for many family members and acquaintances.
On one occasion, she even reupholstered the family couch by herself.
Annually, she and her mother labored in the hot summer kitchen to can many jars of food for use during the long Idaho winters.
She was also known for remembering family members’ birthdays and sending money along with grandchildren’s birthday cards.
Church was an important aspect of her life, where she sang in the church choir and played in the bell choir, plus regularly volunteering to assist with numerous church activities.
Throughout her life, she was a dedicated volunteer whenever her assistance was needed.
Her talents led her to not only participate in numerous church activities but also to commit years of service to the Monmouth-Independence Food Bank as well as the Blood Bank where, in addition registering donors, she donated literally gallons of blood over decades.
Long-term interests for Lorraine included sewing, embroidery, music, reading newspapers, magazines and books, daily walks, gardening and marveling at the beauties of nature.
As she requested, Lorraine’s remains were cremated and will be interred near her parents’ graves in the Bell Cemetery near McCall.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, June 26 at 2 p.m. at the Bell Cemetery where many family members are interred. For further information, please contact Roger D. Clyne (907-299-4747).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to hospice in the location of your choice. Arrangements are with Heikkila-Carver Funeral Homer, McCall, Idaho.