Doris Lorraine Wade

11/21/1924 — 03/21/2013

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Trenton, MI

Doris Lorraine Wade

Doris Lorraine Johnson Wade was born Nov 21, 1924 in Trenton Michigan to Willis Edward Johnson Sr. and Winifred Marian Moore Johnson. Preceding her in birth as well as death were a brother, Willis Edward Johnson Jr. "Red" and two sister's Marian Elizabeth Johnson and Sharon Lee Johnson. Lorraine's mother died when she was about 5yrs old. The Johnson kids spent several years after living with their Dad's sister Bertha and Ernest Womack on a farm near Farmington Montana. Lorraine graduated high school/business school in the Trenton/ Detroit area and moved to the west coast. Moving to Yakima in the mid 40's she met Harold Thomas Wade at a Veterans Day Parade. They married on a subsequent Veterans Day in 1947. Marcia arrived in 1949, joining a half brother Ralph. Dan joined the family in 1951 and Jim came along in 1958. After Ralph and Marcia left home Lorraine and Tom opened their home to others as foster parents. They welcomed several young ones from age 2 and up. In the fall of 1973 they welcomed Valarie Sheldon, a developmentally disabled child of 8 years. When Tom passed away a few months later one of the last statements he made was "don't let Val go." Valerie stayed and became our sister and a part of daily life in our family home. Decades passed, during which we gained another sister, Stephanie Ames. These daughters strengthened mom's servant heart. She became a financial donor and volunteer at A.R.C. and other advocacy groups for developmentally and physically disabled. She spent many years as a caller for Dial Help to be a phone friend and checker upper on various people in the area. She served as a volunteer in a local Teen challenge ministry for many years until her vision decreased and arthritis became too much to overcome. She moved to Wynwood Assisted living 3 years ago where she continued to make friends and show evidence of her servant heart. She appreciated and loved staff and co-residents very much. She chose Richland Life Care for her final weeks hospice care because it was right down the street from the home she and Tom had moved in to on April 3, 1949. Lorraine was predeceased by her parents, step mother, husband Tom, Granddaughter Lori Gay Stensrud, daughters Valerie, Stephanie, and son Daniel Wade. She is survived by Ralph Wade Yakima, Marcia Richland, James Ohio, grand children and numerous great grand children. Services will be held Wed 3/27 at Einan's funeral home and reception to follow at Life Church at 1110 Stevens Dr. Richland.

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  • I have enjoyed getting to know Lorraine as a fellow Teen Challenge volunteer. I liked it when she was at the meetings. I’d sit near her so I could catch her humorous comments under her breath. We shared many a chuckle. She had such a sharp mind even in her old age. I was amazed at her faithfulness to keep up with the tasks of Teen Challenge even when it got to be a real struggle. She never wanted to have to give that up. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved the Lord with all her heart. I love her and look forward to seeing her again … when she can “see” me, too, and I won’t have to announce “JoAnn McCoy here” when I sidle up next to her at church. Come quickly Lord Jesus!

    JoAnn McCoy
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, USA
  • Lorraine’s Wynwood apartment was briefly across the hall from mine, but even after I moved to a larger apt. down the hall, we managed to keep in touch. She always recognized my voice, and I think even the sound of my walker! There was never enough time to have lengthy discussions, but we had mutual interest and experiences with ARC of Tri-Cities among other things. She was friendly to everyone and a joy to be around. We miss her kind words and lovely smile. Lorraine will live fondly in our memories forever.

    Jean Westsik
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • When I came to Wynwood, Lorraine was my helpful next door neighbor. Strongly independent and determined, she was still very pleasant and cheerful. During her last few months here, she did allow me to assist her in getting seated in the main dining room. I’ll remember her as a very good neighbor.

    Owen Bratvold
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • I Love Grandma, Miss You

    Brian Wade
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, of, the, Tri-Cities, WA, USA
  • I have enjoyed getting to know Lorraine as a fellow Teen Challenge volunteer. I liked it when she was at the meetings. I’d sit near her so I could catch her humorous comments under her breath. We shared many a chuckle. She had such a sharp mind even in her old age. I was amazed at her faithfulness to keep up with the tasks of Teen Challenge even when it got to be a real struggle. She never wanted to have to give that up. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved the Lord with all her heart. I love her and look forward to seeing her again … when she can “see” me, too, and I won’t have to announce “JoAnn McCoy here” when I sidle up next to her at church. Come quickly Lord Jesus!

    JoAnn McCoy
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, USA
  • Lorraine’s Wynwood apartment was briefly across the hall from mine, but even after I moved to a larger apt. down the hall, we managed to keep in touch. She always recognized my voice, and I think even the sound of my walker! There was never enough time to have lengthy discussions, but we had mutual interest and experiences with ARC of Tri-Cities among other things. She was friendly to everyone and a joy to be around. We miss her kind words and lovely smile. Lorraine will live fondly in our memories forever.

    Jean Westsik
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • When I came to Wynwood, Lorraine was my helpful next door neighbor. Strongly independent and determined, she was still very pleasant and cheerful. During her last few months here, she did allow me to assist her in getting seated in the main dining room. I’ll remember her as a very good neighbor.

    Owen Bratvold
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • I Love Grandma, Miss You

    Brian Wade
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, of, the, Tri-Cities, WA, USA
  • We love and will miss your guidance, strength, love and smile. I wish I could hear you laugh one more time.

    Good bye Grandma, I know you are in a better place. Say hello to Dad and Aunt Marian.

    Philip Wade
    November 4, 2014
    Vancouver, WA, USA