Thelma Lorraine Matheson
Aug 16, 1923 – Jul 16, 2017
Thelma “Lorraine” Matheson (Randall), a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, passed away peacefully at home on July 16 in Des Moines, WA. She was 93 year old.
Born August 16, 1923 in Spokane, WA to Clarence E. and Lucille Randall, Lorraine attended North Central High School and graduated the class of 1942. She went on to work for the U.S. Weather Service in Spokane, WA, where she met her husband Donald “Don” Matheson, who was serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II and who later became a pilot for Northwest Oriental Airlines (now Delta). Lorraine and Don, who passed away in 2011, were married for 63 years and had a daughter Toni Lee Kuresman (Matheson), who also passed away earlier this year.
Lorraine and Don moved to Seattle, WA shortly after marrying and then to the Aleutian Islands with their new daughter as Don’s airline career advanced from ground crew to flight engineer and then pilot, bringing their family back to Des Moines, WA three years later. During her life, Lorraine and her family found pleasure in cruising the waters of the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands on the family boat and as members of Seattle’s Elks Yacht Club, and later enjoyed spending time with their three grandchildren and extended family.
Lorraine is survived by her granddaughter, Kimberly Kuresman of Bellevue, WA; her grandson and his wife, Dan and Nelly Kuresman of Denver, CO; her grandson and his partner, Ryan Kuresman and Benjamin Underwood of Washington, D.C.; her son-in-law, Michael Kuresman of Bremerton, WA; and, numerous nieces and nephews and their children that reside in Washington, Oregon and Nebraska.
A public viewing, 9:30 am, and funeral service, 12 pm, is schedule for Saturday, August 12 at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial at 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188, with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Lorraine’s life.
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