January 15, 1924 – January 11, 2020
Emma (Lorraine) Carr, age 95, of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Laingsburg, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, January 11, 2020. She was born at home on January 15, 1924 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry and Mildred (Wilkins) Carr. She and Charles Irvin were united in marriage on January 28, 1950. He preceded her in death on July 17, 2009.
Lorraine was a busy homemaker, raising her five children. She loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed embroidering and quilting, playing Scrabble, bird watching, collecting coins, bells and thimbles and rooting for the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Tigers and the University of Michigan.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband; step-son, James Irvin; daughter, Marie Kinsey; mother, Mildred (Wilkins) Carr and brother, Thomas Carr. Surviving are step-son, Richard (Linda) Irvin; sons, Thomas Irvin and Paul (Judy) Irvin; daughters, Kathleen (Doug) Franz and Julie (Paul) Willard; sixteen grandchildren and twenty three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 17, 2020, 9 a.m., Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing with Rev. Wes Emerson officiating.
Interment will be in East Lawn Memory Gardens in Okemos.
The family will receive friends Thursday, January 16, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Those desiring may make contributions in memory of Lorraine to Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 or at https://defenders.org.
- Renee Willard
- Eric Willard
- Trevor Willard
- Thomas Willard
- Brian Franz
- Emily Willard, Honorary Pallbearer
- Paul Willard, Honorary Pallbearer
- Defenders of Wildlife
- Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020
January 16, 2020
I remember the first time I met Grandma Irvin. I was very pregnant and had just married Aaron, her grandson. I introduced myself and gave her a hug, at which point she said “you must be Irish”. She then started to show me old photographs of her parents and other family relations telling me stories of her own Irish background and family roots, branches, and leaves. I remember thinking to myself that if I made it to her age at the time (85) and I still had her health, wits, and passion, that I would be a lucky woman. Grandma Irvin, I feel lucky to have met such a strong woman in my life. An Irish blessing that was shared by my grandmother to me I’ll share with you:
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in
the hollow of His hand.
January 12, 2020
R.I.P. Lorraine Irvn. I love you mom Irvin. I was married to her daughter Marie Irvin Kinsey. My mother-in-law was a great lady. When me and Marie were married. Loraine helped us out alot by doin the cleaning of are apartment and taking us grocery shopping ( even when the government wouldn't pay for me) she did it anyway. She was my first mother-in-law. After her Marie passed away. Loraine kept sending me Christmas cards until she couldn't send them anymore. We even talked on the phone a couple of times. I love this lady like my own mom.