Lorraine Elizabeth Warren Lorraine Elizabeth Warren, 55, of Austin, Texas, passed away at home on Friday, August 3, 2012. Lorraine (Lori to her friends) was born on December 21, 1956 in Waukegan, Illinois, and was the only child of the late Lillian E. Noonan (nee Kallio) and the late John L. Noonan of Tower Lakes, Illinois. After graduating from Barrington High School, Lorraine attended Illinois State and later graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She had met the love of her life in adolescence and for many years preserved his youthful declaration of love scrawled on the wallpaper of her childhood bedroom. Eventually, fate smiled and Lori was overjoyed to receive a proposal to marry that man, move to Texas, and make a new life. Over the years, Lori adopted and rescued many cats and dogs, and she loved them all as if they were her children. Her many friends brought her joy and happiness, and all will miss her jaw-dropping wisecracks and determined pursuit of laughter. During her illness, Lori's bold personality and razor wit endeared her to the doctors, nurses, and many caregivers who treated her during a long struggle to be healthy. Lorraine is survived by her husband of seventeen years, Drew; father-in-law William; sister-in-law Holly and her husband Barry and their two children Aaron and Brianna; brother-in-law Todd and sister-in-law LeAnne and her husband John. A private service will be held for Lorraine with close friends and family. Lorraine's ashes will be scattered near a lighthouse that she loved in Plum Cove on Cape Ann, Massachusetts at a later date. Contributions in Lorraine's memory can be made to Animal Trustees of Austin, P.O. Box 14542, Austin, TX 78761-4542.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on August 9, 2012