Lorraine West of Melbourne, FL, formerly a longtime resident of Dunstable, MA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at the age of 81 in Melbourne, Florida where she and her husband Harold spent the last three years. Lorraine was an alumna of St. Louis de Gonzague High School in Nashua, NH where she was known for her academic excellence and was described by her classmates as a “happy go lucky girl having boundless energy and always willing to help those in need.”
During high school she worked at Bank of New Hampshire and then pursued accounting studies after graduation from Lowell Technology Institute. Upon graduating she had a successful career at Sander’s Credit Union before dedicating herself to the role of homemaker. She cheerfully raised three children and thoroughly enjoyed participating in a variety of activities with them.
Lorraine’s passion was her family and keeping active where she enjoyed camping, fishing, water and snow skiing, horseback riding and biking. She was lovingly known by the neighborhood kids for her open door and delicious chocolate chip cookies and whoopie pies.
Lorraine’s never-ending determination and passion enabled her to artfully and successfully redefine herself several times over the course of her professional career. While raising her children, she became one of the top sales associates earning multiple awards for her skills and sales volume selling fashionable woman’s clothing (Queen’s Way to Fashion). Later, her love for a fast-paced working environment along with the joy she experienced when serving others, led her to the food and hospitality industry. She then went on to lead a team providing technical support for one of the first accounting software solutions in the industry for small businesses. As she excelled in her career, she temporarily relocated to Georgia with a promotion – leading a team of professionals whom she’d get up early for to make them all breakfast sandwiches. Coming back to Massachusetts, she concluded her professional career with the respected law firm, Graham and Harsip where she was instrumental in serving as office manager – a firm she absolutely loved working for.
Her passion for ceramics, rug making, macramé and most notably quilting was a not only a hobby but a testament to her artistic soul recognized through the awards bestowed upon her work at several events including the Dunstable Grange Fair – An amazing event and town gala in Dunstable, Massachusetts. May her warmth and creativity continue to inspire those who knew and loved her. She will be deeply missed – especially by her husband, Harold who enjoyed their walks in the park with their dog, Sadie in later years.
Lorraine is survived by her husband, Harold West (84) a life long resident of Dunstable, daughter Cheryl West (54) and Curt Laudick (62) of Chapin, SC, sons Eric West (52) and his two children Joshua (12) and Mayah (7) of Seattle, WA and Stephen West 45 along with his wife Emily 43 and their two children Rosey (15), Eva (11) of Washington, DC. Lorraine is also survived by her, Sister Shirley Dionne and her husband Maurice of Lakeland, Florida and many nieces and nephews
Lorraine is the daughter the late Raymond and Isabelle (Marcoux) Crooker of Nashua, NH and sister of the late Ronald Crooker of Oakton, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers please direct any gratitude to the Alzheimer’s Association at the following link: https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2
Family and friends are invited to gather and celebrate Lorraine’s life on Friday, February 9, 2024 between 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M at Badger Funeral Home 45 School St. Groton, MA 01450. A funeral service will follow calling hours. She will be laid to rest in Dunstable Central Cemetery on Friday, February 9, 2024.