Lorraine Catherine Hughes-Clark (Ainie) was the daughter of Thomas E.|
Hughes and Ana W. De Vos. She was born April 29, 1923 at St. Lukes Hospital and died on April 4, 2012 of natural causes.
Lorraine and Victor Clark were neighborhood sweethearts who married at St. James Church on October 19, 1945. In 1960 they welcomed their much loved child Janice. Lorraine lived in her childhood home in the Noe Valley until the last 22 months where she spent her remaining days in the home of her daughter.
She is now reunited with her husband Victor, her parents, brothers George, Ed, Raymond and sister Carol and many others she loved deeply.
She is survived by her daughter, three grandchildren, her "little" brother Stanley, nephews, nieces and many others who hold her close in their hearts. Lorraine loved hosting her annual family enchilada dinner which was always planned on the same weekend of the St. Phillips church festival.
She became the main caretaker to both her parents until their passing and then provided daily loving care to hundreds of children over a forty year period. These children were known as "Ainies Kids." She retired in 1991 to focus on her cherished grandchildren.
Like many locals she enjoyed her annual vacations up at the Russian River shared with friends, family and the nightly games of "Knock."
The family had a home in Fairfax that was open to all. It was located near the Marin Town and Country Club and held some of her favorite memories along with the festival and bingo at St. Rita's.
Working early on at Emporium Capwell department store she was often the first to wear the latest fashions. Until the very end she enjoyed shopping for pretty clothes and keeping a nice appearance. She loved socializing at "The Doll House" where for many years she had her hair done weekly.
Lorraine had a love for Giants Baseball which she shared with her Granddaughter Leonor who was also her special roommate for several years. Together they attended every home game possible until it became to difficult and went on to watching the games on television or listening to them on the radio. When it looked like they might lose she would cover her ears and close her eyes until it was over. Watching "Her" Giants win the World Series was a highlight of her life that will always be treasured by the family.
Her Granddaughter Andrea would often go on shopping excursions to Japan Town or Clement Street to please her precious Grandma. They would often stop for a yummy treat at Shuberts bakery. When Grandma was not with her and Andrea would be near the bakery she would always try to bring a chocolate eclair home to make her happy. Night after night Andrea would lay beside her and watch any show that her Grandmother wanted to see no matter how terrible she thought it was.
It was shortly after her youngest grandchild Rick was born that she gave up the childcare center she ran in her Noe Valley home to devote her time and love to her Grandchildren.
She would wait at the window and watch for them to come safely home from school. There were the afternoon snacks and when it was time for homework too often she would do it for "Ricky." When she was older and became so tiny Rick would often tease her and say she needed to go on a diet because she was getting fat. She loved hearing this and enjoyed teasing him as well.
The loving care given by Angela Melara will always be remembered. Lorraine took great pride in calling Andres Ramirez her "Great grandson" and loved hearing about all his numerous accomplishments.
Janice will always be grateful for the extra time with her Mom and considers it a blessing to be part of this special journey. During the 22 months living together there were so many special memories made and they will forever be treasured with love.
Besides her love for her family, the Giants, she also loved the many trips to the casinos with her dear friend Linda and daughter Janice. Often staying up way past bedtime!
Until the very last couple of day plans for Guerneville, another gambling trip and the holidays were still being spoken of.
Lorraine was a simple woman who did not put on airs nor did she expect nearly as much from others as she willingly gave. She said as long as she could get by she had all she needed. She never raised rents or the childcare fees. As a matter of fact after many years of caring for other peoples children it was the parents themselves who insisted they pay her more. It is now obvious she did not have just what she needed but was rich with the love that she gave to so many.
Lorraine had a lifelong friend in Irene Casserly who consistently attempted to cheer her up with visits, cards, outings and girlfriend chats. They were so appreciated. Two others who she loved deeply as if they were her own son and daughter were Ricardo Melara and Linda Rodriguey who always were there for her and the family especially during the toughest times.
We have been blessed with a wonderful woman who will never be truly gone but always live on in our hearts.
We love you forever Mom, Grandma, Lorraine, Ainie. Forever!
In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to Animal Care and Control or Pathways Hospice.
There will be a rosary held in her honor on Saturday April 21st, 1:00 p.m., at Duggan Welch Mortuary located at 3434 17th St., San Francisco.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 15, 2012