Lorraine Mae Losey Garrison (93) passed away on February 8, 2021 from stroke complications. Born at home on May 25, 1927 in Naponee, Nebraska, Lorraine was the oldest of 10 children born to Perry and Bernice Losey. After her high school graduation, Lorraine earned her teaching certificate from Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney, NE in 1946. She then taught in a one room country schoolhouse in Nebraska for grades 1-8. Lorraine met her future husband Earl E. (Pete) Garrison at a local county fair in 1947. They became engaged in April, 1950 and were married on September 10, 1950. Together, they had 8 children of their own. They are Neil (Becky) – Oklahoma City, OK; Marilyn Donohew (Mike) – Bothell, WA; Larry – Tulsa, OK; Leah Zare (Reza) – San Ramon, CA; Ed (Nancy) – Nashville, TN; Cheryl Kirby (Darryl) – Tulsa, OK; Steven – Claremore, OK; and Andrea Bryant (Clint) – Broken Arrow, OK. Lorraine had 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, with another one on the way!
Lorraine was preceded in death by Pete, her parents, and Howard and Dick - siblings. Lorraine was very active in many associations and volunteer organizations. She was a long-time member of the Oklahoma Extension Homemakers, serving in a number of Officer roles. Literacy organizations were the beneficiary of her dedicated volunteer service as she was committed to helping people learn how to read and to learn English as a Second Language. She was a regular participant and frequent/humble winner in the Rogers County Fair competitions for food items and craft making. She was an active volunteer with the local Meals on Wheels organization. The Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) mentoring program was also fortunate to have Lorraine’s expertise at their service.
In the presence of family and friends, Lorraine will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Claremore next to Pete. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in Lorraine’s honor to the Rogers County Literacy Council (www.rocoread.org ), a longtime recipient of her volunteering passion.
The family will be having a celebration of life at a later date.
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