Alvina Lorraine Harris, 87, of Marshall, Michigan passed away peacefully at Best Care East on January 3, 2021 after battling several health conditions and a recent surgery.
A private family celebration of life service will take place at a later date.
Lorraine was born in Fallon, Montana on July 19, 1933 to Simon and Barbara (Becker) Goetz. She had 4 brothers and 2 sisters, John, Bill, Ervin, Richard, Helen and Victoria.
When she was fourteen she met Marty, Martin Matyear at McMinnville Park, Oregon in 1947, he was standing on his running board leaning on the open door, she thought he was the handsomest man she had ever seen, her cousin Sarah zeroed in on him but he only had eyes for her. He serenaded her with his guitar music all evening.
Later that year, they eloped and wound up having 7 children. Brenda (Bruce) Collier, Martin (Sherri) Matyear, Gladys (Mike) Huntley, Kenneth Matyear, Joy Sessums, Rodney (Ann) Matyear and Michelle "Shelly" (Kevin) Sinclair. They had 15 grandchildren, Tabitha, Tony, Scotty, BJ, Mckenzie, Christina, Holly, Lucas, Casey, Summer, Travis, Zachery, Randy, Kyle, Tanner and 24 great grandchildren.
Later in life she became a long- haul team truck driver. Lorraine enjoyed spending time with her family and tending to her flower gardens, crocheting, reading, going to Lincoln City, Oregon beach and most of all her westerns & John Wayne and Matt Dillon.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services 723 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, Michigan 49068. Please visit https://kempffuneralhome.com
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