Loraine Farris Lindsey, 104, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Kabul Nursing Home. On August 14, 2008, Loraine celebrated her 104th birthday, awed by the fact that she was blessed with so many years, events and memories.
Loraine Farris Lindsey was born on August 14, 1904 in Corning, Arkansas, to Sterling Price and Anna Adelia (Jordan) Lindsey.
Loraine visited the St. Louis World’s Fair as a baby with her mother and grandmother. That World’s Fair visit was only one of many unusual events in the long life of this gracious lady. At various times as she neared the age of 105 she would reminisce to family members various activities of her childhood, teen years, school teaching experiences and adult years. She told of many exciting, private and group situations.
Loraine enjoyed a close family relationship, with loving brothers and a sister. Her home life was always based on Christian principles and teachings. She was baptized in a lake in Corning, Arkansas, at about 10 years of age. She said the water was very cold!
After high school graduation in Corning, she attended and graduated from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in 1937 with a bachelor of science degree in education. She taught elementary school in Forrest City, Arkansas, for 12 years. She took a one-year leave of absence from teaching to join her father at Cabool State Bank. She extended that leave of absence, remaining with the bank, retiring as executive vice president in 1979.
She has been a longtime member of Cabool Christian Church, always present in worship services, prayer meeting with Bible study, and supportive of church affairs and mission projects. There did come a time recently when her health and physical impairment prevented total attendance, but did not hinder her prayer life and contributions.
Loraine was a charter member of Cabool Women’s Chamber of Commerce, a member of the original board of directors of Cabool Senior Housing, a member of Cabool Study Club and Cabool Art Club. She was elected “Town Lady of Cabool” in 1987.
Loraine and her sister, Mary, were like two peas in a pod. They were blessed to live together in their own home at 510 Summit Avenue in Cabool for many years. In October 2005, both moved to Landmark Villa in Cabool.
Prior to failing eyesight and impaired physical ability, Loraine and Mary traveled extensively in the United States. In the 1950s the two sisters enjoyed a European tour, sailing to England on the Queen Mary and returning on the Queen Elizabeth. In the late 1960s they toured the Far East. They then returned to Europe in the 1980s and also traveled to Australia and New Zealand. They were ready to go at the “drop of a hat.”
Loraine had a compassionate spirit and heart for almost everyone. It started early in life for her. For example, she had a baby brother, Bobbie. Their mother was away from home one afternoon when she decided to make a chocolate cake. Bobbie may have been six years old; anyway Loraine had him “under foot” in the kitchen and told him he could “lick” the mixing bowl when it was ready. In due time the bowl was ready, and in the process of trying to get all the chocolate residue from the nice big mixing bowl it got away from him and fell to the floor, breaking into many pieces. A startled Loraine exclaimed that the bowl happened to be Mother’s favorite. Of course, Bobbie was in tears and just as startled, not to mention that licking the bowl ended almost as soon as it began. Loraine immediately soothed her little brother, cleaned up the mess and said, “Come on, we will go to town and buy another bowl just like it, before Mother comes back.” They went to town to the biggest department store, but could not find an identical bowl. So she purchased another the same size and mentioned she would “fix it” with Mother.
Loraine enjoyed many happy times with her nieces and nephews. She said that she didn’t need to have children; she helped raise her brothers’ children. She was also a joy and gracious example of a lady to many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was a family person even though never married. Her family was close knit, ate their meals together, had family Bible devotions and supported one another through good times and bad. She was very proper in etiquette, considerate, concerned, kind and helpful toward anyone she knew in need. Loraine truly had a generous spirit.
After 104 and a half-plus years, Loraine went to be with our Lord on March 19, 2009. Her father, Sterling Price Lindsey; her mother, Anna A. Lindsey; two brothers, Paul and Jordan; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Lindsey, preceded her in death.
Loraine is survived by her brother, Bob and wife Daisy; nephew Roger S. Lindsey and wife Peggy; niece Mary Ellen Gifford and husband Ronnie; niece Becky Taff and husband Larry; niece Martha J. Grose; nephew Jordan D. Lindsey and wife Virginia; nephew Dale P. Lindsey; niece Anna A. Ledbetter; niece Prudence Scott and husband Ross; niece Priscilla McGill; niece Paula Rinehart; niece Phyllis Lindsey Bayer; a cousin on her mother’s side, Jean Jordan; plus great-nieces and nephews and a host of friends and neighbors.
About five years ago, Loraine said, “You know, this is awful, I’ve outlived all my old friends.” However, she was blessed with making new friends of caregivers up until the last days.
Services were at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Cabool Christian Church with Bro. Bob Martin officiating. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions to Cabool Christian Church.