Lorraine J Carlson Larstead, age 92, passed away at the home of her daughter, Kelley and Gerry on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, with family by her side.
Lorraine was born on August 15, 1928, in Pasadena, CA to Roy and Ruth Glass Carlson. She married Tom Larstead in 1977. He passed away in 2005.
Lorraine attended Pasadena schools and enjoyed playing the Cello in High School. She then attended Pasadena City College, with such diverse interests as Geology and Philosophy. She loved taking the Trolley rides to the beaches. She was quite vivacious as a teen; she loved to sing along with popular tunes of the times and loved popular dancing. In later years, she put herself through licensed vocational nursing school (what is now known as the LPN program) while being a single parent and working. Along with frequent moves, came frequent jobs: Bank Bookkeeper/Teller, See’s Candies, Data Processing even taking in laundry, until settling on Nursing.
Lorraine had a deep love for all of God’s Creations. Lorraine even found beauty in a weed, and tried to help her kids see life through joyful, optimistic eyes. She did the very best she could.
She loved the old adage "Always a Student, Always a Teacher”.
She is survived by her children Connie (Richard), Pam (Mark), Scott, Kelley (Gerry), Kacey (Michelle) and 12 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, and husband.
Per her wishes she was cremated.
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