Lorraine June Maxey, 86, of Rapid City, S.D., died peacefully Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Idaho Falls.
Lorraine was born June 27, 1927, to Emma and Bernard Mayer in Roscoe, S.D. She was the middle of three loving, independent and vivacious daughters. She graduated from Roscoe High School in 1945 and continued her education in St. Louis, receiving her certification in medical technology. After graduation, she moved to Huron, S.D., where she met the love of her life, Russell E. Maxey.
Lorraine and Russ were married Sept. 1, 1948. Military life took them to Panama during the Korean conflict. Upon their return, they settled in Brookings, S.D., where they started their family. Lorraine was a dedicated mother who raised three daughters while managing a career.
The family moved to Rapid City in 1956. Lorraine took a position as a medical technologist at St. John's Hospital, later moving to the Medical Arts Clinic, where she managed the lab for many years.
Lorraine was a faithful and proud member of Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as president of the church council, a member of the Ruth Circle and as a Sunday school teacher.
She was a 4-H leader and Master Gardener, an arts and theater enthusiast, active member of her book club and avid sports fan. She loved to travel and would "shop till she dropped" at every opportunity. She cherished every minute spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lorraine shared her passion for the culinary, entertaining often and bringing soup, bread, mustard, pickles and fresh veggies to anyone who needed a lift, a treat or an acknowledgment of love.
Friends and family were the center of her life. One of Lorraine's biggest joys was her loving and worldwide circle of friends. She treasured every one and remained loyal for life.
Lorraine is survived by her three daughters, Debbie (Scott) Scholbe of Centennial, Colo., Mary Jo (Mike) Waters of Idaho Falls and Jane (Jason) Sims of Sandy, Utah; her sister, Bernice Egge of Des Moines, Wash.; her nephew, Richard (Lisa) Evans of Rapid City, S.D.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Emma Mayer; her husband, Russell Maxey; her sister, Vivian Rose Evans; and her granddaughter, Julie Ann Jorgenson.
Memorial services for Lorraine will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 4, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 5311 Sheridan Lake Road in Rapid City, S.D., under the direction of Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home, 2700 Jackson Blvd. in Rapid City, S.D. She will be laid to rest at National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D. The family invites anyone who wishes to remember Lorraine by wearing pink, her favorite color. Local arrangements are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home.
A memorial fund has been established.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.buckmillerhann.com.