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Lorraine V. (Williamson) Spurling

July 3, 2018
Emmetsburg News

RIVERTON, UT -- Former Ayrshire resident Lorraine (Williamson) Spur- ling passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in the comfort of her granddaughter's home, surrounded by her loved ones.

Lorraine was born on Feb. 18, 1927 in Ruthven, to Henry Norman and Bertha Caroline Williamson. She grew up on a farm north of Ayrshire and graduated with the Class of 1945.

She met the love of her life, Robert F. Spurling, in Pueblo, CO, and they later eloped and got married in Albuquerque, NM, on Dec. 22, 1953.

Lorraine loved dancing. She always let people know that she danced with Lawrence Welk and loved to do the jitterbug. She had to teach her husband how to dance so she could continue with one of her favorite passions.

During her lifetime she had to make several moves to accommodate her husband's job with the D&RG Railroad. These moves were made with less than a month's notice. Not only did she have to get a house packed up, but find a new one to move into. She lived in Pueblo, Arvada, and Grand Junction, CO. She also lived in Millcreek, Holladay and Murray, UT.

After they retired she spent time in Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, CA and finally bought a home in Sun City, AZ where they would spend many winters.

Her family was her life and she was fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom. She would travel with all of her kids on the California Zephyr to visit her family in Iowa, many times by herself, when they were very young.

Lorraine supported her children in whatever they chose to do; not only her children, but all of her grandchildren as well. She was proud of every one of them and would always work into the conversation what they all did for a living. Lorraine made a special point of making everyone her famous Angel food cake for their birthdays. She also liked to have her hair done at the beauty salon once a week. She would let everyone know that she had never dyed her hair and when she passed had only a little grey in it. She enjoyed doing this one thing for herself.

She was always ready to go on an outing whenever invited. She loved going to dance recitals, ball games, shopping, dinner, or someone's house for a get together. She traveled to Washington, D.C. in November 1994 after having her hip replaced in September to be with Janie when she had her son Kyle. She had the opportunity to tend her two oldest great-grandchildren and was able to assist in taking care of her three youngest great-grandchildren. They always put a smile on her face and helped to keep her young. Later in life when her body had slowed down she would watch her favorite TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, and America's Got Talent.

Lorraine is survived by her children Janie (Kirk) Daehnke of Alexandria, VA, Patti (Steve) Lewis, Bob (Darlene) Spurling and Bill (Tammy) Spurling. Five grandchildren Jen, Jim, Bobby, Danielle and Kyle and five great-grandchildren Kaitlyn, Troy, Hazel, Hank and Declan. She also had three bonus grandchildren Joe, Josh and Bella.

She leaves behind her brother Bob (Lou) Williamson, and her sister Joann (Ken) Garrelts. A heartfelt thank you to her sister Joann for always keeping her informed of what was happening back in Iowa, she really appreciated that.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene (Peanuts), Luverne (Betty) William-son and Norman (Sharny) Williamson.

A private family service was held in Utah. Pallbearers are Bob Spurling, Bill Spurling, Steve Lewis, Jim Lewis, Bobby Spurling, Jason Manzullo, and Troy Spencer. Honorary pallbearers are Kirk Daehnke, Kyle Daehnke, Hank Spurling, and Declan Lewis.

 
 
 

 

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