March 11, 1945 – January 17, 2019
With her family by her side, we said a loving goodbye to Lorraine Champigny at Hospice House on January 17th, 2019.
Along with unwavering positivity, Lorraine’s Christian faith gave her great strength in her fight against cancer and courage towards the end. She lived bravely for many years beyond what was expected and smiled through every stage of her life, often inspiring others to do the same. “She had for her saying” that “you didn’t have to look far to find someone who was in a worse situation than you”. She was loved deeply by so many and her beautiful energy was so contagious that when you were with her you could be nothing but happy yourself.
Lorraine was a selfless, loving mother and wife who treasured spending time with family and friends. As a grandma, she loved cuddling with her grandkids, reading books to them, buying them treats and watching them dance and play. It seems likely that she stayed with us as long as she did to watch those grand babies grow for another day. Lorraine was also a talented seamstress, craft-maker and athlete who loved softball and tennis. Along with being a homemaker, she worked at CN Telegraph, and in a variety of other jobs. She was enterprising and had a keen interest in real estate sparked by the purchase of a house at the age of 21, at a time when that was very uncommon.
She is dearly missed by her husband Ray, son Mike (Laura), daughter Tanya and grandchildren Elliot and Amelia. She previously said goodbye to her parents Roland and Fleurette Hardy and her brother Ray Hardy (Gail). We express our deep gratitude to Dr. Hardy and the countless caring staff and volunteers at the Cancer Clinic, Myeloma Support Group, Community Care, Hospice House, London Drugs Pharmacy and Sterling Centre Lab.
Lorraine visited Hawaii whenever possible and it’s there where her ashes will soon rest beneath a palm tree. A memorial to celebrate Lorraine’s life will take place this summer. In lieu of flowers, we suggest memorial donations be made to myelomacanada.ca.
Cremation arrangements have been made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 (250) 542-1187.