Lorraine Reliford

October 3, 1930December 7, 2013

East Peoria, IL– Lorraine Reliford, 83, of East Peoria, passed away at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

She was born Oct. 3, 1930 in Aurora, IL to Leo L. and Etta E. (Rees) McKee. She married Lewis C. Reliford in East Peoria on Nov. 12, 1949. Lorraine and Lewis enjoyed a full life of traveling. He preceded her in death on June 25, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are 3 children, Stephen (Kathryn) Reliford of Germantown Hills; Randall (Kristie) Reliford of South Pekin; Lori (Martin) Dunne of Elmwood; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

She was a school teacher in Creve Coeur for 32 years, retiring in 1985. She was an award winning artist; painting, photography and pottery. She was a member of the Illinois Art League and Peoria Art Guild where she did volunteer work along with the IL Eye Center and PBS.

Lorraine was a member of the East Peoria First United Methodist Church where Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 with Rev. Mary Arnold officiating. Family will receive friends one hour before services Friday at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded. Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to her Church or to Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Friday, December 13, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 13, 2013

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Leona Goujon-Sleister

December 14, 2013

Dear Reliford Family,

When I think of your mother a smile comes to my face. She was such a fun and creative lady. I remember her and my mom pouring over patterns and excited about a new sewing project. Mom, my sister Mary and I all took a ceramic course and it was a great time. Please know I am thinking of you and hope the huge void you feel from her passing is in some small way made easier by knowing how much joy and fun she spread throughout her life.

Janet Bishop

December 13, 2013

Randy, I just learned of your mother's death. I am so sorry and know she will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bonnie Nofsinger

December 13, 2013

Lorraine was a wonderful friend while we both taught at Gerber School and LaSalle in Creve Coeur. Her passion for the arts was inspiring...especially when she created a kiln for her students at Gerber! I so enjoyed attending her ceramics class each week at her home. Whenever I look at one of those pieces, I think fondly of her. My sympathy to all of her family.
Bonnie Nofsinger

Carol Voorhees

December 13, 2013

Lori - Sorry to hear of the death of your Mom. Your family are all in my prayers.

December 12, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Carpentier

December 12, 2013

Dear Steve, Randy, Lori and families,
I extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful person. Your mother was such an important part of my childhood, and I'll always remember how kind she was to me and to our whole family. We were next-door neighbors, and she considered my mom her second mother. The feeling was mutual, and Lorraine never forgot a holiday or a birthday. When Mother moved into Riverview, Lorraine's presence across the hall was a comfort to her, as they were once again "neighbors!"

The memories of sitting behind Lorraine atop her horse, holding on tight to her as the horse galloped down the road, are treasured ones -- as was being the flower girl in her wedding, babysitting for you kids, and enjoying the gifts of her artistic talents.

Lorraine had a great sense of humor, and times with her and my two big sisters were filled with fun and lots of laughter. Patty died on August 2, and my hope is that those 2 good friends, along with my mother, are enjoying a release from pain and sorrow.

Hers was a life well-lived.

My sincere condolences,
Diana Blue Gross

Debbie Clemenson Haedicke

December 12, 2013

Reliford family - memories of your mom are painting ceramics downstairs at her home and singing in the church choir with her. She was a fun person and will be missed.

December 11, 2013

Dear Relifords, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't help but to think about the good times our parents are having in Heaven by now! We had a lot of laughs and made a ton of memories with your family!! Your Mom was such a special woman and made Mom's transition into Riverview a pleasant one. They continued to make their own memories and Shelby had a great time visiting, playing Bingo and eating with them!!
May God hold you all in the palm of His hand during this difficult time.
With Love, Sherri Beutel

Deanne Crawford

December 11, 2013

Dear Reliford Family,
I will forever remember, Mrs. Reliford. In 1972, at the age of 8, she was my 3rd grade teacher. At that time, I had significant health issues and surgeries. Mrs. Reliford came to my home to tutor me (as I was unable to attend school)and made a tremendous impact on my life through her mercy, compassion and desire to bring "normalcy" to my life. I am forever indebted to her. It is my prayer, God comforts you all through this time.~ Deanne (Williams) Crawford,

December 10, 2013

Randy, you and your family are in our thoughts with the loss of your mother. It is so hard to loose a mom!
Fred and Marilyn Schroeder, Quincy, Ill.