OBITUARY

Lorraine E. Williams

August 4, 1929October 12, 2019
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Margaret Lorraine Williams, 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 12th, 2019. Lorraine was born on August 4th, 1929, in Pueblo, Colorado. She was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, sister, cousin, aunt and friend to many.

She is preceded in death by husband Jimmy Williams, son Kirk Williams, siblings Carolyn, Warren, and Paul Elliott, and parents Wallace and Hazel Elliott. She is survived by son Chris Williams, daughter Julie Williams-Cipriani, son-in-law Tom Williams-Cipriani, sister-in-law Martha Elliott, and grandchildren Christina Kent, Carole Shrader, and Riley and Dylan Williams-Cipriani. She also had six nieces and nephews and four great-grandchildren.

Lorraine was described by one of her nieces as “talented, funny and, yes, crazy Aunt Lorraine”. She had a zest for life and unlimited energy, never sitting still for a moment. She enjoyed the opportunities she had to travel the planet, and loved to dive right into the culture, making new friends wherever she went. Lorraine was a skilled seamstress, quilter and knitter, all the way back to when she was a very young girl. Her creations were unique and artistic; everything from knitted ski sweaters to wedding dresses. She had an eye for color and beauty. Lorraine decided one day to share her talents and open a fabric, yarn and quilting shop. She had a very successful business in Pueblo, then decided to move her shop to Fort Collins to be closer to family.

Lorraine enjoyed singing in the church choir from an early age and playing the piano as well. She loved to dance, to cook, and was an avid tennis player! She cherished her many cats and a special dog, Jobi, who is easily described as one of her best friends.

She was a long-time member of Timberline Church and dearly loved each and every member of the clergy and congregation. She looked forward to each Sunday with a passion and loved to retell the sermon afterwards to anyone who would listen.

Lorraine will be deeply missed by a large extended family and community of friends. Her Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 19th, at Resthaven Funeral Home with a reception to follow.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, October 19, 2019

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Alex Nodes

October 23, 2019

I provided care to Lorraine in 2017. I have so many wonderful memories of her enthusiasm for life, her passion for beauty and most of all her sense of humor that was filled with perception and followed by a mischievous smile. We enjoyed many an afternoon in the garden, looking thru her beautiful handmade clothing and reminiscing about a life filled of adventure. She will always shine brightly in my heart. My sincere condolences to her family that she clearly loved with all of heart.

Craig Bryan

October 20, 2019

Our condolences to the family...
What a neat lady Lorraine was! Full of life, jokes, and always a mischievous smile. I have fond memories as a kid of Lorraine trying to teach me to dance (2-step) at family weddings. I was terrible, but we had a good laugh and she kept on trying to teach the un-teachable. She was the aunt (great aunt once or twice removed in my case) who as a kid you "actually" looked forward to seeing at family gatherings! :-) Just a neat person who brought a lot of smiles and joy to everyone around her. Even though we were distant relatives, she blessed my childhood. She will be missed.

Dave & Mary Ellen Sawyer

October 19, 2019

We have many fond memories of Lorraine and her dog and best friend, Jobim (named after composer Antônio Carlos Jobim). Jazzy dinners, watching the Rockies, and laying around the pool and visiting are just a few of our favorite Lorraine memories. Dave was always willing to lend her a hand when she needed help, and Lorraine loved rewarding him with fresh baked goodies. We also loved all her travel/baseball stories, especially her memory of Nat King Cole singing Sweet Lorraine to her in a club in Cuba. We regretted our move to Alaska and leaving our friend behind. May the jazz band in Heaven always serenade our Sweet Lorraine.
Dave, Mary, Kaleb and our dog, Cooper

Judy and Bill Thomas

October 18, 2019

Sending heartfelt sympathy to you all.
Our friendship started many years ago at Central Christian Church with your Elliot Grandparents. Loved getting to know your Mom and Dad and hearing about going to all those exotic places for Spring Training. You three were lucky children.
Your Mom was so talented and taught many, many ladies the art of quilting. I loved her shop and never drive by without thinking of her (Kirk too).
She is with her beloved Jesus now, singing and praising and probably telling everyone about her wonderful family. Blessings!!!!

Marcie Trickey

October 18, 2019

Our Rockies Queen as we all knew and loved her!!’

Firth Whitehouse

October 16, 2019

Lorraine was the first person I met when I moved to Adriel Hills. She and Jobi often came by to ask us to take a walk with them. Although I didn’t know her for too long, I can truly say she was extremely friendly and very kind. I loved to listen to her stories and look at her photos and memorabilia when she felt like reminiscing. She was a fun person to be with and she will be missed.

Elaine (Rush) Thorne

October 16, 2019

Yes, I agree with what has been said. She was always very hospitable and friendly; and remained optimistic and pleasant even when things weren't going so well. Creative and talented are understatements when it comes to her fabric creations. She was my dad's cousin so I knew her my entire life. I didn't get to see her much the last several years but am sad just knowing she's no longer just a hundred miles away.
To Chris and Julie and the rest of the family: I will not be able to attend the service and reception because I am caring for my 2 and 4 year old granddaughters that day and the 4 year old has a preschool function at the same time. I would have really liked to be able to see you again and to get caught up on your lives.

Judy McLin

October 16, 2019

I have many memories of Lorraine. We were in Bible studies, small groups, and women’s groups together. She taught my first quilt class and helped me design my first quilt. We were always welcome in her home even with three little boys. We share our condolences with the family. She sure loved you and was so proud of you.

Judy (and Bob) McLin

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