Jan. 31, 1925 - Sept. 19, 2012
Lorraine Elenore Blanton Lackey, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Boise, Idaho.
Lorraine was born in Ontario, Ore., Jan. 31, 1925, to Wesley James Blanton and Gertrude Monce Blanton.
While growing up Lorraine worked on the ranch her family homesteaded in 1881 by the Malheur Butte. She did all sorts of chores, from milking cows, driving a team of mules, and mowing and raking hay in the fields. She helped with the range cattle by riding in the hills and roping when they did the branding.
She was honored by being the princess of the Malheur county fair and rodeo in 1941.
She graduated from Ontario High School in 1943. Then worked for Van Petten Lumber Co. in the office. In the evenings she did volunteer work at the Holy Rosary hospital as a nurses aid.
On July 10, 1944, she married her high school sweetheart, Hugh R. Lackey who was an officer in the Air Corps stationed at that time in Phoenix, Ariz. They lived there until Hugh’s discharge in 1945. They moved back to Ontario where she continued to work part time at the lumber co.
In 1947, they moved to Eugene Ore. When Hugh hired on with Pan American Airlines in 1952, they moved to Seattle, Wash. Hugh’s job took them to New York, then San Francisco. They later moved back to Ontario where Hugh commuted to San Francisco. The land they bought in 1962 was homesteaded by Lorraine's great-grandfather Balthas Schlotter in 1881. After several years they moved from the ranch into town.
Lorraine was an avid duplicate bridge player achieving her life masters in 1983. She was very outgoing and active in the community.
Lorraine is survived by her husband of 68 years, Hugh R. Lackey; their two children, Gary H. Lackey, Washington, and Gail Lackey Littlefield, Nampa, Idaho. Three grandchildren, Kimberly Cochrane, Boise, Cody Cochrane, Ontario, and Kasey Lackey; one great-granddaughter, Lillian Alice Cochrane, Wyo. Her sister, Delores Echanis, Ontario; nephew and niece, Tim and Tammy Cables, Ontario; and numerous other wonderful caring relatives.
Mom/Grandma, we miss you so much everyday. We love and care for you more than you’ll ever know. We were so blessed to have you be in our lives and thank you for all you have done for us. Till we meet again, We love you.
There will be a viewing for Lorraine Wednesday Sept. 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Lienkaemper-Thomason Funeral home in Ontario. A graveside service will be held Thursday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, with a reception to follow after, at the Elks Lodge in Ontario.
Condolences can be made to family at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church336 SW 7th St., Ontario Oregon 97914.