Lorraine May Williams

05/28/1922 — 06/11/2006

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Portsmouth, Ohio

Lorraine May Williams

Lorraine Mae Williams, 84, passed away peacefully on June 11th, 2006. Lorraine Williams was born on May 28th, 1922 in Portsmouth, Ohio. Her parents were Forrest Pearl and Edith Benson. She had two sisters, Eileen and Opal.

Lorraine married Jack P. Williams on October 22nd , 1938. She and Jack had one child, Sandra Kay Williams Wolkenhauer on July 1st, 1939. Lorraine was a homemaker who loved to cook and sew. In 1949, they moved to Escanaba, Michigan. Lorraine served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for many years.

In 1969, Lorraine and Jack moved to Kansas where Jack served as a Baptist minister in several small churches and Lorraine served as a minister’s wife. They lived in Salina, Leon and El Dorado, Kansas.

In 1982, Lorraine moved to Richland, Washington to be near her daughter and grandchildren. In Richland, at the age of 60, Lorraine attended Columbia Basin Community College to receive her GED and worked toward an AA degree. She worked in retail at The Infant Tree in Pasco and the Hallmark Store in Richland. She worked for and then became the owner of the Kennewick Newcomer’s Service.

Throughout her years in Richland, Lorraine volunteered at the Kadlec Medical Center gift shop and the Richland Senior Center. She attended Central United Protestant Church in Richland, Washington.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, Forrest Pearl and Edith Benson, her sisters Eileen Benson Vallerani and Opal Benson Van Hoose , her former husband, Jack Williams and her daughter, Sandra Kay Williams Wolkenhauer. She is survived by her four grandchildren, John Wolkenhauer of Fernley, Nevada, Anne Wolkenhauer Samson of Bothell, Washington, Catherine Wolkenhauer Huard of Richland, Washington and Elizabeth Wolkenhauer Jensen of Zillah, Washington, her niece, Barbara Waller, of Portsmouth, Ohio, her son-in-law William Wolkenhauer of West Richland, Washington and her great grandson, Samuel Adam Jensen of Zillah, Washington. Her second great grandchild, Miriam Sandra Samson is expected to arrive June 26th, 2006.

A memorial service will be held at Central United Protestant Church on Friday, June 23rd at 10:00 am to celebrate her life.

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  • I am so sorry for your loss. I spoke to Lorraine a couple of days before and she spoke of her health. She wanted to sell the newcomer business to me and wanted me to think it over with my husband. I have not heard back from her and prayed about it, however, the Lord works His ways and I kept having these feelings of loss. I know that she is in His arms now.

    God Bless your family during your time of sorrow.

    Dana Tolick
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US