WASHINGTON – Lorraine Grinnell, 84, of Washington died at home on Sept. 24, 2013, after a long period of declining health. Lorraine was born on June 26, 1929, in Boston, to George and Jessie (Bonner) Lee.
She moved to Washington with her parents in 1947 where she met Donald B. Grinnell, whom she would marry on Oct. 14, 1948. A homemaker most of her life, Lorraine was known for her remarkable personality and would immediately become friends with anyone she met. She was active in the community as a member of the Washington Village Church where she served for many years as deacon and sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Evening Star Grange, the Ladies Guild, the Washington Extension, 4-H leader, and was one of the founding members of the Washington Fire Department Auxiliary. Her favorite pastimes included gardening and cooking for family and friends. One of her proudest accomplishments was opening the Evergreen Flower and Gift Shop, which she operated for several years. During that time she also discovered her hidden talent for oil painting. Her biggest artistic achievement is a mural depicting the family homestead on a wall in the family room in the basement of their home.
Lorraine was predeceased by her parents and 10 siblings. She is survived by Don, her husband of 64 years; three children, Donald L. Grinnell and his wife, Elizabeth, of Washington, Sandra A. Grinnell of Maitland, Fla., and Jeffrey E. Grinnell and his wife, Stephanie, of Washington; and five grandchildren, Katherine A. Grinnell of Merrimack, N.H., and Emily Grinnell, Susanna, Michael, and Elizabeth Prescott all of Washington. She is also survived by her special twin sister, Lucille Swartwood of Voluntown, Conn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for visiting hours 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Hall Funeral Home, with the Rev. Timothy Lewis, pastor of the Washington Village Church, presiding. Interment will immediately follow at the Davis-Daggatt Cemetery, Waldoboro Road, Washington. In lieu of flowers, family and friends may make a donation in memory of Lorraine to the Washington Village Church, 33 Liberty Road, Washington, ME 04574. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. You are invited to share your condolences with the Grinnell Family by visiting their Book of Memories at www.hallfuneralhomes.com.