3 July , 1943 – 9 June , 2019
Lorraine Smith, 75, of New Bern, passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 9, 2019.
Lorraine was born on July 3, 1943 to Louis and Laura Motto in Jersey City, NJ. She spent 25 years serving in Middlesex Borough Municipal Court in NJ. Lorraine was a longtime parishioner at St. Paul Catholic Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Louis, Vinnie, and Nick Motto; and her husband, Geoffrey Sullivan Sr.
Lorraine is survived by her husband, Bernie Smith; children, Maureen Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan (Leslie), and Geoffrey Sullivan Jr. (Jennifer); four grandchildren, Laura Rivera, Kayla Sullivan, Alison Sullivan, and Megan Sullivan; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her special niece, Susan McCabe (Kevin).
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Cotten Funeral Home. A funeral mass will take place at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Cotten Funeral Home's Chapel, officiated by Father Thomas Tully. Cremation will follow the service.
- Visitation Wednesday, 12 June , 2019
- Funeral Mass Thursday, 13 June , 2019
16 June 2019
Mrs. Lorraine Smith,
I was never able to be blessed with meeting you on this earth but I know that you had to be one beautiful person inside and out because you raised a spectacular daughter in Maureen and knowing how she's turned out to be such a great Mother and friend, I know within my heart that you had to be the most wisest and kindest Mother to her. God Bless You!!! Rest in Peace!!!
11 June 2019
Lorraine was a truly wonderful person. She always had a smile on her face & was warm & loving. I mourn with the family @ this time of sorrow. Prayers to all.
Scott and stacie Lucas
11 June 2019
Your mom was a wonderful woman and will be deeply missed.
10 June 2019
Where do I start?! I have so many memories with you, naming them all would take a lifetime.
I remember when i was little crying every time uncle Geoffrey would tickle you because i thought he was hurting you. I remember christmas dinners and camping all the time. Cedar creek campground and the trailer is one thing i remember the most. I remember a lot of time spent with you and Poppy! You and i were so close when i was growing up, you never missed a thing!
I loved your personality and your smile! I especially loved the way your eyebrows would turn when you would get mad and yell "Laura Katherine."
I remember calling you almost everyday after to school to pick me up because i never wanted to walk home and always stopping at quick check on the way 😉
I will hold you and every memory we shared in my heart forever!
You never got to meet DJ, but i will make sure he knows who you are.
The kids and i love you Grammy! Give Poppy a big hug and kiss for me! 😘❤
Until we meet again! 🍀
10 June 2019
My heart is sad... it was so wonderful & meant so much to me to have you in my life after so many years. Thanks for reaching out to us... When I look at photos of you as a young girl it’s like looking in the mirror! You were my last living Aunt. Give everyone up there a big hug & kiss from me... especially my Mommy❤️😢🦋
George and Diane Zevan
10 June 2019
Dear Maureen, Patrick , Geoffrey, Bernie and family. My heart is breaking for you all because of the pain and loneliness you are going through. Your Mom was a very special person who would win everyone’s heart as she did with George and I and our children. We had some very good times in the Pocono, s with our families. We will treasure the wonderful memories of the wedding of all our children, Geoff’s fabulous cooking, Vince playing the Too-ta-Doo and all our beautiful children getting along with each other. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
John &. Nancy Filipow
10 June 2019
We knew Rainie from St. Paul’s. Her and Lorraine Shanahan always sat in front of us,, Before we knew there names we referred to them as “Frick and Frack” . We got to know them and for several years saw them every Saturday night mass. There were many times we thought we would be kicked out of church for our antics before mass started. We loved to see Rainie laugh, it was contagious.
John went to her house and built some steps after hurricane Florence did their home some damage. He then met Bernie. It is so ironic and so sad, as her and Bernie, Lorraine and George were coming to our home for dinner on the 12 th, Instead we were at her funeral service.. We will miss her dearly. RIP dear Rainie.
John and Nancy Filipow
10 June 2019
Where do I start? I’ve known the family for 40 years. Needless to say we have so many memories with our families.
I first met Lorraine when she was a Court Clerk ( as I called her the Court Cluck). I was there for a speeding ticket. I had no idea that my husband Ronnie was friends and worked with Geoff at Egan Machinery. We were invited to their house; we looked at each other and just started laughing about meeting in court. That was the beginning of a special relationship.
Among all the camping trips we went on, holidays and parties. I will always remember how Lorraine and my husband would bust each other and yell just teasing, but other people thought they were serious. It was hysterical to watch the faces on others faves, but she didn’t care.
I knew what a special person she was when my dad passed away. My son was only 1-1/2 years old. She came picked him up and cared for him for 3 days so I had time to mourn my loss. No one I knew even offered, but she did.
Every thanksgiving they would all come over to our house for dessert and she would knaw on the turkeys butt. She’s probably yelling at me now for telling this, lol. So when we moved to the shore we didn’t see them for thanksgiving, so I mailed her the turkey butt. I think Maureen remembers that.
There are so many special memories I have of our families it would take me all night to write.
Lorraine, although we didn’t see much of each other when you moved to NC you were always the one person I could call my family.
I will cherish all the memories for as long as I’m here and never forgot that special bond we shared.
My heart goes out to Geoffrey, Patrick, Maureen, your grandchildren and Bernie. You will live on in all of us.
I miss you and love you my friend. RIP sweet lady! 💕😢
10 June 2019
Lorraine was a long time family friend, my family shared many memories and fun times at cedar creek campground in Bayville NJ, when myself and her kids were younger, my favorite memory was when she caught me and my friend Janet smoking in the bathroom at the campground , She promised me me she would never tell my parents, I was so kind, over the top and kissed her ass for years until I was old enough to smoke and tell my parents , I will say she never said a word, I called her witchy poo cause she had me, I will say after many years passed found out my mom caught Maureen her dtr the same weekend and never said a word. I will say that's a friendship I wouldn't change for the world. Maureen was my sisters good friend and then I became close to her, her son Geoffrey is my once a year concert going friend, and Patrick I always had a crush on lol, he bought my first car from me for a case of bud!! Words cant Express my love for this woman and her family. May you RIP, I will never forget you!!