September 17, 1953 ~ July 23, 2021
Born in: Merced, California
Resided in: Los Angeles, California
Sunset July 23, 2021
Born on September 17, 1953, Lorraine was the youngest of six children to the union of Troy Cole and Odessa Hunter-Houston. It was at a young age that her family packed up and moved to Los Angeles and made this city home. It was here where she thrived, completing her education in the Los Angeles School District and graduating from Hamilton High School. She was a proud Angeleno through and through but for some reason she rooted for the Boston Celtics. We all know it was because of Larry Bird. She also liked rooting for the Raiders, Giants and Lakers Keeping it Westcoast. She loved good competition. She was also a big fan of Bruce Lee and would watch all the karate movies that came on every weekend.
Lorraine was a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and even a great-grandmother. She loved her grand kids and enjoyed her life talks with them. A giver to many in all circumstances, a great provider to her twins Erik and Erika and to her family. Most who’ve ever known Lorraine would say she was a very strong, straightforward and independent woman. You are right but she would perform any task with love and precise and instill in her family to follow her example. She loved with a gentle yet stern combination which only those who’ve gotten to know her would understand.
She was a gift from God. She loved her music and at times, back in the day you could hear her playing it from blocks away. All the neighbors knew that on Saturday mornings her music was coming on and her house was being cleaned. She enjoyed dancing especially the cha-cha, playing cards, dominoes and family games. She was a beast at monopoly. These family times brought her joy. On any given Sunday, you would find her enjoying a ride up the coast, watching the waves and catching the sunset. Every now and then you’d look up and she was in San Diego or Yuma talking about “I’m just taking a ride”.
Lorraine had a great career working for the Social Security Administration. She was able to retire after 27 years of service and really started to enjoy the fruit of her labor. She cultivated a peaceful home, taught her children to respect authority and live responsibly. Momma Didn’t Take No Mess.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents Odessa Houston and Troy Cole, Sister Frankie Lee Cole and Brother Charles Cole. She leaves to cherish her memories her twins Erik and Erika, grandsons Laron Tucker, Knekohlas Raymond and Deondre McHayle. Siblings Clifford Cole, Weldon Cole and Georgia Mosby, Son-in-Law David Lovell and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and close friends.