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Lorraine (Lori) Dahlin

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It is with deep sadness that we announcing the passing of our mother Lorraine (Lori) Dahlin age 83 on November 4, 2018. She is predeceased by her husband, Richard Dahlin and leaves the families of her five children, Sharon Townsley, Michael Dahlin, Patricia Dunne, Mary Cimarolli and Peter Dahlin which include ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Lorraine was born on Needham Farm near Parshall, North Dakota on August 18, 1935 and the 12th child of 13 born to Selma and Peter Howard. Being next to the youngest child she actually grew up with an abundance of nieces and nephews that were similar to her age. This environment created many memories of her youth and she became a great storyteller sharing her experiences of growing up in a very large family.

She enjoyed sharing how when she attended school she would tell her teachers she was the Aunt of her classmate which would make everyone laugh. One of Mom’s favorite stories was how she persuaded her Mom to let her move to another town to live with her sister’s family in order to graduate high school with her niece and nephew. Upon graduation from Makoti High School in North Dakota, Mom moved to Minneapolis to start working as a secretary for Western Electric and became their “Hello Charley Queen” for the five state area where her picture was made into employee bumper stickers for that year.

It was at Western Electric where she met her husband Richard. After they were married in 1959, they moved to Marshall, Minnesota before settling in Roswell in 1962 where she lived for the next 56 years. Professionally she was a legal secretary for many years but her real passions were at home. Her love for family always shone through as she raised her children and later cherishing time with her grandchildren.

She was an amazing cook who was always trying new recipes from her extensive cookbook collection. We never had a store bought cookie growing up and actually used to trade her baking for store bought with our friends at school. Lorraine was very creative and enjoyed painting and her artwork was hung all over their house. She also loved to write and wrote many poems and short stories that shared her faith and thoughts on life.

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Mom and Dad shared a passion for traveling and with their travel trailer enjoyed exploring a large part of the USA. But the core of our Mom was her Christian faith and her kind heart and unconditional love for her family and friends. She was very supportive and encouraging of any challenge we wanted to take on and when talking to she would give you her undivided attention. Her generous nature often resulted in random acts of kindness which could be making your favorite meal or a gift delivered to your door just because she was thinking of you. We will miss her greatly, but cherish the many fond memories we have of her.

Lorraine’s memorial service will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell on Saturday, November 17th at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family would request that people donate to the Josh Dunne Organization at www.joshdunneorganization.org or by mail to 3009 Auga Ladosa Ave, Las Cruces, NM, 88011.