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Gainesville - Lorraine Nottage Mahan, 82, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher and friend, went to her heavenly reward on October 25, 2013. She died peacefully at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville.
Lorraine was born in Key West, Florida on December 5, 1930. She graduated from Key West High School in 1948 and from Florida State University in 1952 with a degree in music education and a minor in piano.
Lorraine met her soul mate and lifelong partner, Parker, while he was stationed at the naval base in Key West, Florida. They were married at the First Baptist Church in Key West, Florida on June 20, 1952. Parker and Lorraine lived in Rochester, New York, Atlanta, Georgia and moved the family to Gainesville in 1971.
Lorraine was an accomplished pianist and used her talents in many different ways
including, teaching school, giving private piano lessons and volunteering her time in many different church music programs.
After moving to Florida, Lorraine became very active in the Dental Guild and was volunteer coordinator at the Shands Gift Shop for a number of years. She was a member of P.E.O Sisterhood, a service organization, for twelve years.
Lorraine and Parker were members of First Baptist Church, Gainesville, for more than 30 years where she was involved in many aspects of church life.
Lorraine treasured time spent with her husband, Parker and their children and grandchildren. Lorraine had a special knack of making each of her children and grandchildren feel like they were her favorite! Patience and compassion were two of her special gifts.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Parker E. Mahan. She is survived by three daughters, Christy Finnegan, Kathy Decker (Brian), Julie Stockman
(Dave); nine grandchildren, Jennifer Morrissey (Tommy), Jeremy Rutan, Stephen Decker, Chrissy Decker, Marjie Decker, Beth Decker, Lauren Stockman, Brian Stockman, Kathleen Stockman; five great-grandchildren, Tommy Morrissey, Paul Morrissey, Ayden Morrissey, Parker Morrissey and Ellie Morrissey, a sister-in-law, Madalyn Mangold and niece, Lydia Stroud.
The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, 823 NW 143rd Street.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations may be made to the
, 2119 S.W. 16th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2013