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Lorraine Anthony, our beloved and beautiful mother, passed away from lingering illnesses on July 13, 2014, at the age of 86. Â
She was born Mary Lorraine Nichols on September 6, 1927, in Rexburg, ID, to Jack Nichols and Felicia Ann (Jones) Nichols.Â She was very close to her parents and spoke of them throughout her life with love and fondness.Â Her maternal grandfather, T.R. Jones, was a prominent Blackfoot businessman whom she also spoke of fondly.
Lorraine was raised in and lived most of her life in Blackfoot.Â She had a difficult childhood through the depression, with her family moving often where work could be found, including Gilmore, ID, now a ghost town, and her paternal grandparents' ranch on the Birch Creek.Â Her childhood during the depression colored her long life in endearing ways, such as her habit of cutting Kleenexâ€™s in half and saving every Cool Whip container she ever encountered, yet she was always quick to share what little money she had with anyone in need, since she never wanted to see someone go without.Â
In addition to mothering her four children and our father Arvil, Lorraine ran a child care center for many years.Â She took the care of those children as seriously as her own, and spoke proudly about the experience throughout her life.
Mom enjoyed tagging along with our father through decades of fishing trips (enjoying some parts more than others), and later enjoyed sightseeing with her companion Bert Sorensen, who was always game for a roadtrip anywhere that she wished.
Mom lived courageously with multiple health conditions for many decades, yet always with strength, dignity and as much concern for her caregivers as herself.Â Her death has brought her peace and comfort at last.
She was preceded in death by our dear father and her husband of 50 years, Arvil N. Anthony; by a son, Daniel Oâ€™Shea; by her brothers, Nick, Tom and Richard Nichols; and by a sister, Maggie (Charles) Neitzel. Â
She is survived by her devoted children, Jolene Lang of Idaho Falls, who cared unselfishly for Mom for many years, Rita Wesely of Boise and Brian Anthony and his partner Joe Fitzpatrick of Boise; by her brother, Harry (Betty) Nichols of Boise; by sisters-in-law, Janell, Jeanie and Ellie Nichols; and her close cousins, May McCune and Phyllis Nisbet of Idaho Falls; by the grandchildren she adored, Tiffany Clemons, Ty Akers, Paul Schults and Darci Aikins; and by her nine great-grandchildren. Â
She is also survived by her loving companion of the last 18 years, Bert Sorensen of Blackfoot.Â Our family owes a great debt of gratitude to Bert and his family, who helped our mother to live again after the passing of our father.
Of our motherâ€™s many gifts, the most special was loving and caring for her family, which she did every day of her life, with a huge heart.Â To her children especially, her support was limitless.Â Though Mom has taken a huge piece of our hearts with her, we know that she has left us for a better place.Â
The family thanks the doctors & nurses at EIRMC, the caregivers at Aspen Home Health, and especially the staff of The Gables Assisted Living in Ammon, who helped care for Mom with incredible grace and compassion for the last year of her life. Â
Per Momâ€™s wishes, she will be cremated at Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot, with no services.Â Condolences can be emailed to FitzAnthony@yahoo.com.