January 3, 1928 ~ July 16, 2016
Lorraine passed away peacefully in the early-morning hours of July sixteenth. Born to Lloyd and Belle Black in Hiawatha, Utah, she lost her mother when just eleven years of age. In the midst of the Great Depression, she cared for four younger siblings, the youngest of whom was not yet two. She finally gave up on her own schooling at fourteen.
She wed a handsome Air Force cadet, David A. Self, Jr., when just sixteen. Moving about every two years, she gave birth to Larry in Panama, Sande in Louisiana, Greg in New Mexico and Jennifer in Nevada. She and David divorced, after which she traveled all over Europe, visiting castle ruins of ancient ancestors in Scotland and the humble home of those in Northern Ireland who joined the LDS Church and came to Nauvoo, Illinois. She had a special love for England.
She later married Henry Mathis in the Jordan River Temple. Her dearest wish has been to see her mother again, but in the ensuing years, she lost her father, her husband, both sons, a grandson and a daughter. She is enjoying a glorious reunion with the many loved ones who preceded her in death.
Lorraine is survived by daughter Sande (Jim) Bell; siblings Don (Terry), Bruce and Bill (Claudya) Black and Elaine (Lynn) Eatchel; twelve grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Private services are to be held to honor her life.
Published in Deseret News from July 19 to July 20, 2016