Lorraine Gray McDougall
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Lorraine Gray McDougall
  • December 9, 1918 - December 25, 2017
  • Washington

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Christmas morning, December 25, 2017, Lorraine Gray McDougall passed away at Cherry Hill Hospital in Seattle, following a short illness. She was born in Kent, WA on December 9, 1918, and recently celebrated her 99th birthday. Lorraine was the last surviving child of parents Ransom and Maude Rodenbaugh Gray and their thirteen other children. In addition, she was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Allan McDougall (1909-1987) and grandson Gregory Huff (1966 - 2009). Lorraine is survived by her daughters Diane McDougall and Susan McDougall (husband David Biek), three grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She and her family lived in their north Seattle home for most of their fifty years together; Lorraine continued to call it home until 2006. They were active in Lake City Presbyterian Church and the community. After her daughters were settled with families of their own, Lorraine began working for the Seattle Times in the picture library. She teased about her "career" but enjoyed her work and the friends made over her years at the Times. She and other retired coworkers stayed in touch.

After retirement, Lorraine and Ralph began to take longer trips with their trailer visiting old and new favorite Pacific Northwest camping sites. With friends she visited Europe and some of the southern US states. Trips with her daughters included Washington and then many others across the country and in Canada. Travel extended into her 80s and early 90s. She added Costa Rica, Italy, Australia and New Zealand to the itinerary. There were many visits to her granddaughter's family in southern California for special events, holidays and just to be with them. She kept involved with friends and family through her long life. Lorraine was always ready to help somebody and was noted for her seamstress skills. They were on display often, but the highlights were three wedding dresses for daughters Diane, Susan and granddaughter Carrie. Weddings usually also included the mothers' dresses, bridesmaids' formals, and brides' going away outfits. For many years she was a member of the Walkie Talkies, a group of women who liked to take daily walks in Lake City. The walkers grew their friendship over years.

Lorraine's last five years she lived in an Adult Family Home in Lake City, close to friends and family. She became a much loved resident at "Excellent Senior Care". Days were quiet and full of long time memories. She enjoyed watching the "Food Channel", watched football regularly, never quite accepting the reasons given when the season ended. It became more difficult for her to read by herself. Her daughter Diane visited almost daily and read the Seattle Times, internet and magazine articles and books. Her Mom always had questions leading to long discussions that wandered far from original subjects. Lorraine loved going for rides, eating lunch "out", and to entertainment events, both with and without children and grandchildren performing. Her last days were filled with plans and activities for the holidays.

Memorial service will be held on

Saturday January 13, at 1:00 P.M.

in Lake City Presbyterian Church. The address is 3841

Northeast 123rd St., Seattle 98125.

There will be a reception at the church following the service.

Please sign Lorraine's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com.