LORRAINE LIVERMORE, 89, a New Mexico native, a wife, mother, Grandmother, sister, and friend. A truly good person left us to be with her LORD, October 28, 2020. Lorraine was born in Virden New Mexico, the descendent of Lt. James Pace Jr. of the Mormon Battalion, to Milton and Evelyn Freestone. She had brothers Milton Freestone, Fred Zumalt, and Joe Bowman and sisters Sally and Ruth Bowman. She was raised in the Gila River valley of New Mexico and Duncan Arizona, later arriving in the Espanola valley to complete high school as Valedictorian of Espanola High school in 1947. She soon met and married Martel Livermore in 1947. They were married for almost 59 years with Martel predeceasing Lorraine in 2006. She was the mother of five children (Ann, Bonnie, Lynn, Hugh, Doug), fourteen grandchildren (David, Mark, Virginia; Ron, Brian, Lisa, Karl; Dillan, Isaiah; Chad, Kyle, Shawn; Ryan, Megan) and 18 Great Grandchildren at the time of her passing. Lorraine was the matriarch of her family. Martel is credited for saying “that we (the children and himself) might all be good hard workers, but Lorraine gave us our intelligence and quest for learning”. She was a learner all her life. A tireless reader, believer in education, and student – unable to attend college following high school, she received a university degree from Northern New Mexico Community College. She played games – board games, dominoes, cards, puzzles, crosswords, … She used those opportunities to teach us the pleasure of fair play while developing both simple skills like math when younger and strategy as we aged. If there was rough-housing underway you could expect a directive like “Take it outside”. She enjoyed sports. She played basketball as a youngster, badminton and horseshoes later, softball (even breaking an ankle) in her forties, waterskied during summer lake vacations, snorkeled, and rode water slides. She was competitive - in the best since of the word. She juggled many daily tasks like volunteering for church, school, or local groups. She sent out birthday cards, Christmas cards, and cards for special occasions. She was a business woman; providing accounting for the family business and later providing similar services to local Espanola businesses. Lorraine was adventurous. She went camping (preparing the fish we caught and cleaned), took us swimming to Ojo Caliente, loved to travel (going to Alaska with Martel via RV, Germany, Canada, and joined family trips across the US) and liked to see new things. She was church-going and belonged to the First Baptist Church of Espanola and Rio Rancho. She was in charge of the church nursery in Espanola for years. Lorraine could prepare a meal. She wasn’t a chef but she could turn the simple items she had access to into a “feast”. There was a lot of meat, potatoes, gravy, and home-made BREAD on the menu, and it was always good. She canned food, froze vegetables, made jams and jellies, and baked bread (all kinds of bread). The smell of holiday meals filled the homes when family gathered. Lorraine is loved. For her family; she was OUR mom (and grandmother). She gave us her all – her blue eyes, her sly smile, sharp wit, and endless love. She did not have a bad bone her body. She was always there to pick you up and get you moving forward again. We are blessed to have had her in our lives and her memory will always remain with us.
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