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Lorraine Stephens Henriod


1925 - 2014 Obituary Condolences Gallery
1925 ~ 2014
Mary Lorraine Stephens Henriod died on March 19, 2014, in Salt Lake City from causes incident to age. She was born May 12, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, to Clark and Afton Jones Stephens and had one brother, David. Each school year she was soon recognized as "the smartest girl in the class," devouring books and winning prizes for her writing. She began the University of Utah at age 17, was the associate editor of the Chronicle, and misspelled Joseph Henriod's name in a notice for the paper, an irony she understood after they married as she spent the rest of her life correcting its misspellings. She worked as a reporter for the Deseret News until their six children started arriving. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 39 when her youngest children, twins, were three, Lorraine sat down in a wheelchair and never walked again. But her intellectual life was untroubled by her physical limitations, and she continued to read and write: six published children's books, family histories, annual birthday letters to grandchildren, and decades churning out the ward newsletter, a job she tried to quit every five years. She was a life-long Democrat and loved cancelling out Joe's vote in elections. Lorraine endured her children and then grandchildren running while they pushed her, tipping her back for wheelies, and sometimes dropping her; gladly wore a wide range of beautiful clothes she neither selected nor shopped for from fringed cowboy shirts to Chinese Empress jackets; had subscriptions to two daily and one weekly newspaper; and books in every room of the house. Warm and caring, Lorraine had a way of uplifting and engaging others. People came to her including her once-a-month writing group in the living room, lunches with her sorority sisters in the dining room, and friends and family members in the kitchen. Never one to complain about her own problems but ready to listen and offer support, visitors always felt better after a talk with her. She loved sitting in the sun with her pants rolled up, her face turned to the light.
She is survived by her children Steve (Paula Heller), Jane (Stuart Wise), Paul (Shelley Barrett), Joe (Holly Hartman), Matt (Cathie Broadbent), Marianne (Mike Moffitt); 19 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Her husband Joe of 64 years died in 2011. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at noon with a visitation held from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m., at the ward house located at 2215 East Roosevelt Avenue, SLC, UT 84108. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn, 3401 South Highland Drive, SLC, UT 84106.
Published in Deseret News from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2014
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