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Lorraine (Magnuson) Duggan

Lorraine (Magnuson) Duggan was born in Chicago on January 4, 1928, and passed on December 16, 2023 in Shelton at the age of 95. She was the oldest child of Earl and Anna (Myers) Magnuson, and sister to Earl Jr. and Ilene.

She had great childhood memories in Chicago including the Chicago World's Fair, trips to the shore of Lake Michigan, and visiting museums. These experiences helped her discover her lifelong love of art, culture, and history.

Her family moved to Kirkland, WA – a big change from city life to farm life. Lorraine enjoyed growing up in the country, attending school, and participating in sports until the World War II era when everyone was forced to grow up quickly.

As a high school senior she met and married Paul, a young sailor from Georgia who served on the battleship USS Alabama. Paul and Lorraine had just a thirteen day courtship that she remarked as the start of their forever love. She started settling into the challenges and joys of married life with a husband and children and the family they built together in Burien, Des Moines, and Shelton. She especially enjoyed the time she spent in Alaska, where Paul worked, and the many adventures she was able to go on there.

Lorraine is remembered for her lifelong devotion to volunteerism and giving back to the community. Lorraine was actively involved in her children's interests and activities – she volunteered at their schools, with their scout troops, and community clubs. Lorraine worked as an election judge from 1960 through 2006. She was particularly involved in her church communities at Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Philomena, and St. Edward where she was a Eucharist minister. She participated in Bible study and built a strong community of friends that shared three decades of friendship and quality time. Lorraine was also an active volunteer with the local food banks and cooked meals for the less fortunate. Lorraine and Paul spent many years as foster parents. She shared her love with all that came into her life and home and made everyone feel welcomed, included, and valued.

Lorraine built many treasured friendships over the years through her hobbies. She and Paul square danced for fifty-six years with the "B Club" and "Tape Worms". They spent many years camping with the Elks' "Jet-a-Bouts" RV club. In retirement Lorraine was able to travel to all fifty states and across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Lorraine felt blessed by family life and enjoyed family gatherings (especially Easter) and the many special moments raising her children. Lorraine spent her life devoted to her family, above all, including her four children Dianna (Don) Williams, Mark (Lucy) Duggan, Stephen Duggan, and Bryan Duggan, her foster sister Donna (Ken) Akin, her foster daughter Tela (Mike) Sherman, her foster daughter Veta Hernandez, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, and in the last several years her great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her "forever love" and husband, Paul, her children Stephen, Bryan, and Dianna, and her foster daughter Veta. In her words she had "a good life with the good Lord's help".

A funeral mass service will be held on Saturday, January 27th, 2024 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Shelton - 601 W. "C" Street at 11:00 a.m., reception to follow. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Lorraine's name to St. Edward Catholic Church - 601 W. "C" Street, Shelton, WA 98584.

 

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