On Thursday, February 21, 2013, in her home, at 1:50 p.m., surrounded by her loving family and friends, Lorraine Clare Buchanan Sullivan walked onto the other side to join her beloved husband, LeRoy, and son Chuck.
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Born on April 6, 1933, in St. Ignatius, Montana, to Louise Michel and Worley Buchanan, Lorraine was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Salish and Kootenai of Montana. She was raised in the Ursulines' Mission School, and then sent to the Indian boarding schools of Pierre, South Dakota, and Chemewa, Washington.
In her teenage years, Lorraine relocated to Long Beach, where she graduated from Long Beach High School. Lorraine then moved to San Francisco, where she met her future husband, LeRoy Allen Sullivan. The family moved to Willits in 1959 where Roy became a police officer, obtaining the rank of sergeant, and also served as interim chief of police for the Willits Police Department.
Lorraine and LeRoy raised a large and loving family.
Lorraine was a remarkable and persevering woman, who overcame many obstacles in life and had many great accomplishments. She was an artist, published poet, and weaver, as well as accomplished seamstress sewing clothing for all her children.
Lorraine loved going to air shows, hiking, and making blackberry pies. At the age of 40, she earned an associate of arts degree from D-Q University, the only all-Native American college in California. At the age of 62, Lorraine obtained her first driver's license and drove alone to visit her beloved Flathead. At the age of 77, she began to study piano.
She was a dedicated member of Curves, attending exercise class almost every day.
Lorraine will be remembered as a wonderful mother with a large heart, who had an enormous garden to feed her family and friends with the food she grew and preserved.
Most of all Lorraine was a wonderful friend, loved and cherished by all who had the privilege to know her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louise Michel and Worley Buchanan; her husband, LeRoy, and son Charles Anthony; brothers Worley Buchanan and Donavon Irwin; and sisters Dorothy Anderson, Betty Anderson, Evon, and Charlotte.
She is survived by her brother, Tony Anderson (Helene); sisters Donna Buchanan and Vona Stoflet; her children, Jill Aldridge (Gary), Michelle Merritt (Gene), Twyla Sullivan (Mike Hensley), Rory Sullivan, Vianney Cravens (Bill), Suzanne Sutton (Nathan), Maureen Molina (Andre), Chris Sullivan (Chrissie); and by 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, as well as all the friends who loved her dearly.
Please join us for a Celebration of her Life and potluck on April 6 in the Catholic rectory hall.
In-lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Justice Sullivan Fund Educational TR, Savings Bank of Mendocino County.
For more information, please call 529-2795
95 W. Commercial Street Willits, CA 95490
Published in Willits News from Mar. 20 to Apr. 19, 2013