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Lorraine Elizabeth McIntosh

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On February 28, 2019 @ 12:50 pm In Obituaries | 6 Comments

Lorraine Elizabeth McIntosh, born February 12, 1927, died February 21, 2019 in Lac du Bonnet at age 92. Her son Paul and daughter-in-law Leslie were privileged to be at her side when she passed peacefully, late on a beautiful winter evening.

She was predeceased by husband Ramsay, son Scott, daughter Leslie (Peter) and brothers Lawrence, Paul and Gordon. Loving ‘Nana’ to Kristin Jarvis (Geoff), Scott McIntosh (Karla), JD and Rod McIntosh, Stephen Wakeman, and great grandmother ‘Nana ‘Rain’ to Beatrice and Abigael McIntosh and Sofie and Oceana Jarvis, always nearby with a card or phone call.  

Born in Winnipeg to parents Paul and Elizabeth Dow and raised in the city, she married into a farm family when she met husband Ramsay. She embraced Lac du Bonnet life and was the consummate farm wife and partner – delivering elaborate meals to the field, driving combine, raising a family and handling the bookkeeping.  Travel was her passion; right into her eighties she could have a bag packed in minutes at the mere mention of a trip anywhere. She started Lorraine’s Travel in mid-life and began a career of chaperoning and selling travel. She and Ramsay saw the world. She toured with childhood friend Shirley, with curling buddies to Silver Brooms worldwide. Lorraine’s friends were her riches and she was a networker long before it was a buzzword.  She and Ramsay wintered for 30 years in Florida with close friends. They hosted parties in their homes often into the wee hours.  Music was always present: she loved to dance with Ramsay, played piano at home, and the spoons in kitchen bands at parties. Busy and energetic would be an understatement! She gave to her community working on the Arena Board, the Health Auxiliary, at the Historical Society and as an early member of the Chamber of Commerce in LdB. She was licensed to sell real estate and insurance and loved learning anything new. Family came first, and she would host a family gathering for 5 or 25 at a moment’s notice. She will be missed very much.

She had a long battle with dementia which was a cruel fate for a vital and literate woman. Even in the final stages of the disease, she maintained her impeccable social graces. She was grateful for friend and care-giver Kristine who lived with her in her home. She was comforted by the incredibly special staff at the Lac du Bonnet Personal Care home and her friend Dr Bruneau. She loved visits from dear friend Caroline (and Magic the dog.) and her sister-in-law Mary and niece Cathy. Celebrate her life, perhaps by having a beer and peanuts at happy hour with a good friend, catching a musical, calling an old pal, or planning a trip to that place you’ve always wanted to see.

Memorial Service will be at the former Anglican church at 10:30 AM on April 13, 2019.

Donations can be made in her name to the fantastic Lac du Bonnet Charitable Foundation, Box 744 Lac du Bonnet MB R0E1A0 or online at the Foundation.

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Condolence from Sally hirst on February 28th, 2019 7:47 pm

I was always welcomed in your home when Leslie played together thro the years I was always aware of your travels and new you where enjoying life to the fullest bless your soul and may the angels guide you to your new home bless your family that is still with us

Condolence from Terry & Marlene Tottle on March 1st, 2019 12:33 pm

Such a beautiful tribute to Lorraine.
Terry & I were fortunate enough to know Lorraine through the Lac du Bonnet & District Historical Society. She always believed in the society and the preservation of our local history. We will always remember her fondly at Heritage Day a couple of years ago standing proud in front of the vintage McIntosh truck !

Our heartfelt condolences to the family.

Condolence from Marion Swan on March 2nd, 2019 6:42 am

My heartfelt sympathy to all the family !
A wonderful life ..well lived !
Marion Swan (Karla and Scotts mom)

Condolence from David Jones on March 2nd, 2019 7:10 pm

Hello Mcintosh Family. A picture of Aunt Lorraine and my mother Shirley Smith (Jones) hangs on my wall. It is of them as teenagers at the beach full of sass and life. That never changed for either of them, neither did the love for each other they shared. I am comforted to know that they and their amazing husbands are reunited once again in the warm embrace of God. Thank you for creating such a fitting tribute to Aunt Lorraine, I am raising a glass to her now.

Condolence from Debra Moore on March 2nd, 2019 10:27 pm

Just heard of Auntie Lorraine’s passing. She was an amazing woman and someone I loved and so admired. As my Mothers best friend we enjoyed many wonderful summer visits to Lac du Bonnet. I am so happy we visited a couple of summers ago and shared lots of memories of Mom and hers adventures. All the best to the family. Debra (Jones) Moore

Condolence from Meada Wilson on March 13th, 2019 8:56 am

So pleased that I had the opportunity to work with Lorraine. She was like my second Mom – teaching me so many things and guiding me along the way. I loved her and Ramsay and Scott, Leslie and Paul deeply. I came to Lac du Bonnet when I was 17 and she patiently taught me how to cook for the men! When I left, Ramsay and Lorraine guided me in the direction of my dream to teach school. I became that teacher and taught 3 years in Lac du Bonnet before going back home to teach and spend time with my aging parents. You will be missed Lorraine but your sweetness will be felt forever.

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