Doris Lorraine Newman Doris Lorraine Newman, 93 of Visalia died peacefully with family & friends at her side on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. She is survived by her two daughters Janene Lasswell & husband Pat of Three Rivers & Pamela Branchinelli of Exeter. She has four grandchildren. Beth & Barret Lasswell, Three Rivers. Ashlee Newman, Hana, Hawaii & Todd Williams of Exeter along with two great grandchildren Mackinzie & Cutter Williams, of Exeter. Her sister Virginia Thompson Schwartz, son Rodger C. Newman & husband Charles Cutler Newman preceded her in death. Doris was born to Clayton & Gladys Thompson on Dec. 13, 1919 in Santa Ana, CA. She graduated from Newport Harbor High School & attended a local business college. After graduation she worked for an architectural firm in Balboa, CA. During WWII, she met & married her husband of 57 years, naval officer Lt. Col Charles Cutter Newman & made their home on the peninsula of her beloved Balboa. After the war Charles finished college & became an aspiring certified public accountant working for the prestigious firm of Peat, Marwick & Mitchel in Los Angeles. In 1952 they moved with their children to Visalia. She was a wonderful homemaker & loved entertaining friends. She & her husband traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central America & the South Pacific. They were both of an adventurous spirit, enjoying fishing & RVing in many remote areas of the Northern U.S. & Canada. She was a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Visalia & the St. Mary Agnes Guild. She loved her church & was strong in her faith. Her other passion was flower arranging, of which she frequently put to good use for church functions. She won many awards in the Central Valley for her unusual & beautiful floral designs. She was selected as women of the year for the San Joaquin Anglican Diocese. After raising a family; she donated time to a reading class for the blind, she shuttled patients to doctor appointments & church and even learned to fly an airplane. An active, hands on Mother, grandmother, & great grandmother, she was adored by her family & a wealth of friends. She was always cooking up something wonderful in the kitchen & making life a pleasure to everyone around her. A very special thanks to family friend Peggy Schlaich for her endless help & caregivers Julie Jackson & Jerri Boonstra. Services will be held Monday, March 18, 2013 at 12:00 Noon, St. Paul's Anglican Church, Hall & Center Street, Visalia. Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Condolences: www.smithfamilychapel.com
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Mar. 16, 2013