Mary “Lorraine” Borst-Obituary

obit-Borst-color-webMary “Lorraine” Borst passed peacefully the morning of September 14th, 2014 at her home in Vernonia, just one week after celebrating her 80th Birthday amongst family and friends.

Lorraine was born on September 11th, 1934 in Akra, North Dakota to Edith and John Crowston. She was the only girl of 7 children and helped raise her brothers after her Daddy’s death when she was 12 years old. Being the only girl, she and her brothers were very close – the pride and love she had for them and their Crowston name was well known.

Lorraine was active in school sports including, track, twirling, cheer leading, basketball and was once a May Day Queen. Lorraine’s education was temporarily postponed at 17, when she married Jack Odam, Soon followed the birth of 3 baby girls Mary Anne, Jackie and Kathy – she resumed and completed her education when the oldest started school. After the girls were raised, Jack and Lorraine went their separate ways continuing their friendship throughout their years.

After being single for several years, Lorraine signed up for golf lessons and caught the attention of an instructor, Larry Borst – they were married on December 16, 1977, blending families and adding 3 children, Linda, Mick and Michelle Borst. The couple lived mostly in Vernonia, retiring and building their home in a local golf community.

Lorraine will be remembered for her baking, for being a wonderful hostess and more than anything, her generosity. No matter the occasion, she opened her home and welcomed everyone who could come; she loved being surrounded by family and friends and would do anything for them.

At 70, she began painting and was so proud of her work – she just couldn’t wait to show off her newest piece. Lorraine enjoyed traveling and made trips to Montana, taking the grandkids on beach trips and had been to Hawaii twice within the last 9 years. In the most recent years, travel included trips to her Brother, Marvin’s cabin at the beach where family gathered for special occasions or weekends just to get away and spend time with each other.  Her last visit to the cabin was only 6 months ago and was very special; Kathy, her “baby” spent Mother’s Day weekend together.

Lorraine adored her family – she loved them unconditionally and had a way of making everyone feel special. She stayed as close as she could with her nieces, nephews and cousins and enjoyed phone calls and visits with them. Lorraine welcomed her sister in laws into the family with open arms and absolutely cherished them.

Saying Lorraine was an amazing Grandma would be an understatement; her Grandbabies were her world. She loved visits, pictures, doing special things for them and being involved in their lives. You could see the pride in her smile and feel the love in her hugs when she was with “her babies”; even at 17 years old, her Great Granddaughter, Taylor wasn’t too big for Grandma’s lap.

Lorraine was loved by many and lived a long and happy life surround by the love of her family and friends – she was the family “treasure” and will be greatly missed.

Survived by her husband; Larry Borst, daughters; Mary Anne Odam, Jackie Duschanek, Kathy & Dave Swank, brothers; John “Gordon”, Richard “Dick” and Marvin,  grandchildren;  Jaime, Jeff, Brandon, Meaghan, Casey, Shawna and great-grandchildren; Taylor, Colton, Brogan, Gavin, Gage, Tauri, Kendra and numerous Step-Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.

Preceeded in death by her “Daddy”; John Crowston, her mom; Edith Crowston and her beloved brothers, Francais, Harold, and Robert Crowston.In lieu of flowers or donations, the family suggests you give your loved ones a big hug and tell them how much you love them in her honor as this is what Grandma did best and would have wanted.