Lorraine Beatrice Haley
1920 – 2013
Lorraine Beatrice Haley passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Dec. 19, 2013, at the age of 93.
Born to a Danish mother and French Canadian father on July 26, 1920, Lorraine Beatrice Mailloux had a large extended family and two older brothers. Growing up in Bismarck, N.D., Lori was a pretty girl who became a beautiful woman with a penchant for style. This led her to a brief career as a licensed beautician. She later moved to South Dakota and worked 15 years as a telephone operator at Northwestern Bell.
Lori loved music and was a talented dancer. This caught the eye of a good looking country western musician, named Robert Haley who noticed her charms from the stage. Shortly after, Lori and Robert married in Hot Springs, S.D. They later moved to California, seeking employment and warm weather.
Two daughters, Connie and Carmen were born and they settled for several years in the Tehachapi area while Bob worked as a guard at the prison. Later, Bob began working at US Borax, and the family moved to Mojave.
Lori was a generous person and a great cook. She often took meals to people she knew to be lonely or ill. She loved to go to yard sales and thrift shops, looking for treasures. For several years, she operated a small second-hand store from her backyard garage.
Bob and Lori never forgot their friends in Tehachapi, and once their girls were grown and Bob retired, they moved back to enjoy time in the mountains.
Lori loved to “cut up and kid” as she called it. She will always be remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor. This remained keen to the end. She played beautiful music on her piano daily. Many tunes were waltzes she learned from her mother over 70 years ago, and she still remembered them clearly.
Robert preceded her in death in 2007. She is survived by her daughters, Connie and her husband, Steve Gardner, and Carmen and her husband, Lloyd Logan; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Charitable donations may be made in her honor to any Christian charity organization or the ASPCA.
Robert’s remains will be interred with Lori at the Tehachapi Public Cemetery – Eastside.
Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. handled the arrangements. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.