Lorraine “Lo” Harris


June 17, 1951 – Aug. 24, 2018

TORRINGTON – Lo graced the world with her unique presence on June 17, 1951 in Alliance, Neb., as the youngest child to Donald and Edith (Lofquist) Temple. As the child of a railroad man, she spent much of her youth moving with her family throughout Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. 

After graduating from Goshen Hole High School in Veteran in 1969, she moved to Northern California to pursue a hippie lifestyle filled with love, peace, and happiness. She soon returned to Wyoming to attend Laramie County Community College, where she graduated with an associate’s degree in Radiography. She worked as a Radiology Technologist for decades and loved having a hand in helping make people feel better. 

Lo met the man of her dreams, Joseph “Joe” Harris, in the spring of 1988. On Jan. 15, 1989, Lo and Joe shared their nuptials with a small group of family and friends at a small chapel in Yoder. Soon afterward, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and decided to leave the medical field. She then joined the team at St. Joseph’s Children home where she worked until she injured her back and was unable to return.

Lo was a proud wife, loving sister, supportive mother and dedicated grandmother who did everything possible to make sure those in her family knew how much they meant to her. An active member, and former president, of the VFW Auxiliary, Lo enjoyed cooking for events and fundraisers at the local VFW post. Spunky and eccentric, she was known for her baked goods, contagious laughter, big heart and infections smile. She loved cooking family meals, collecting antiques, and wearing all things tie-dyed.

Lo was proceeded in death by her parents and her sisters, Pat Dybdahl and Donna Eisenbarth. Left to mourn her passing is her husband, Joe Harris of Torrington; her daughter and son-in-law Dianne and Corey Cook of Omaha, Neb.; two daughters-by-marriage, Tonya Redman and her husband Lou of Yoder and Yvonne Carman and her husband Rondel of Torrington; her brother John Temple and his wife Susie of Torrington; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A casual memorial service will be held at St. Joseph’s Children’s Home Chapel, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, with her nephew, John Pappert, officiating, followed by a Celebration of Life party from 2:30 – 5 p.m. at the Torrington VFW Post. Lo asked that everyone dress comfortably and wear tie-dye or the color purple. 

In lieu of flowers, Lo requested donations to the Violet Cook Medical Fund, which helps support the ongoing medical costs of her granddaughter’s continuing battle with renal insufficiency. Donations can be made at any US Bank location.

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