Born: 11/2/1929, Latuda, Utah
Lorraine was born to Joseph and Lena Turner Dowd in Latuda, Utah, a coal camp. She truly was a “coal miner’s daughter.” She was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, great-great-grandma, sister, and aunt.
Life was never easy for Lorraine. The week before she was born, the stock market crashed, leading to the Great Depression. Following her parents’ example, she learned how to work, something she did as long as her body would allow. She married Arnold Grundvig in 1947, also a hard-working man, with the genius to fix anything. Their first apartment was a drafty little house in Wellington. They soon moved to Price, where Arnold worked in the coal mines, then at Redd Motors as a mechanic.
Their firstborn was premature and he died after 44 hours, then in turn, came Arnold Jr. and Paula, followed by a stillborn daughter, Carla Lorraine. When her Uncle Jack Turner developed a uranium mine at Slickrock, Colorado, they moved there, following her parents. She would become the camp cook, living in a tarpaper shack, where conditions were primitive, but she managed to cook three hearty meals a day for 26 men. She learned to make six loaves of bread and multiple pies at a time, but never, ever got the hang of making a single loaf of bread or a single pie at a time. As a result, she shared bread, rolls and pies with family and friends whenever she baked.
When the mine closed, they moved to Moab, eventually building a new home. In time, Arnold and Paula each moved to Salt Lake City to go to school, and where they started their own families. After decades in Moab, Lorraine and Arnold sold their home and moved to La Sal, where Arnold felled the trees and built his beautiful log home. As age slowed them down, they moved to South Salt Lake, where they were closer to their family, and were to make many lasting friendships, which was their life-long nature.
When Arnold died in 2010, she was lost without him. They had done everything together for 63 years, and now he was gone. Her children and grandchildren were there and took care of her, but her life was never the same. Even with family, she was a lonely widow for over ten years. When her strength began to fail, she lived with her daughter, Paula, who took amazing care of her, even as her health and faculties declined dramatically. Paula’s heroic efforts certainly gave her extra years to enjoy time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her only brother, Michael (Martha) Dowd of Peoria, Arizona, a sister-in-law, Janice Dowd of Smithfield Utah; her son, Arnold Jr. (Barbara); her daughter, Paula Merz (Errol Pulsipher), her four grandchildren: Lorrie Lynn Hodson (Michael), Brigitte Hatt (Richard), Jeremy Grundvig (Bridgette), and Nicholas Grundvig (Juelee), 13 great-grandchildren: Sabrina Hatt, Mikayla, Benjamin, Magdalena, Penelope, Abigail, Logan, Emmeline, Allison, and Linus Grundvig, Kellen Pappas (Brianna), Chandler Pappas (Shila), and Athena Tunney (Santana), and her four great-great-grandsons, Kyson, Dakota, Wyatt, and Peyton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, her firstborn son, Gary Butch, her stillborn daughter, Carla Lorraine, and her firstborn grandson, Lyle Zeke Francis. Graveside services will be held for family on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Sunset Memorial Gardens, 1900 Spanish Valley Drive, Moab, Utah. Due to Covid-19, all who attend are expected to wear masks and “socially distance.”
As a tribute to her reputation for baking, here is her recipe for her famed Raisin-Filled Cookies: DOUGH: Blend Well: • 2 cups white sugar • 1 1/3 cup shortening • 1 1/3 cup milk Slowly add: • 2 tablespoons soda dissolved in water • 2 Eggs • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon salt • 4 teaspoons cream of tarter • 6 cups flour FILLING Grind or mix together: • 1 cup walnuts • One 16 ounce package of raisins • 1 ½ cups white sugar • ¾ cup flour • 1 cup hot water Roll out the dough, using more flour as needed, until you can cut cookie size pastries. (You will need two sides for each cookie, the top and the bottom, with the filling inside.) • Add filling to the bottom side • Add the top side • Pinch the edges of the top and bottom together to keep filling inside • Brush the top of each cookie with egg white • Place on a greased cookie sheet • Bake at 350 degrees approximately 15-20 minutes on a medium rack.
Tributes:So sorry to hear of Lorraine's passing, I remember she and my mom, Joy Ferguson, car-pooled from LaSal into Moab before my mother retired from the School District. We lost my mother on December 17, 2020 at the age of 93 here in Grand Junction. She had a full and loving life. Regards,
- Alice McClatchy BumgarnerDear Arnold & family, Such an incredible tribute to your Mom...with this obituary. My hope for you is that wonderful memories will help you with this loss. I am thinking of you and your family. I may just have to try her recipe. I love raisin cookies. Blessings to you
- GloriaLorraine was our dear neighbor and friend for many years. We've considered her as family as she was like a grandmother to our children. We've missed having her next door the past several years, but knew she was a phone call away. She had a fantastic memory and remembered to always ask about family and friends. She truly cared about everyone. I have fond memories with her chatting over the fence, holidays, going to Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and other church and community functions as well as all the children's weddings and events. She was always much support and a listening ear no matter what the subject or concern may be. Our hearts ache for family at this time of her passing. She will be greatly missed by all.
- Julie, Sau Lavatai & FamilyTo Paula and Arnold: We express our condolences to you on the loss of your dear mother. I have many fond memories of being in your home and eating vienna sausages and saltine crackers. I also remember your mother's beautiful long dark hair. Also remember her working in the bank with my father Glen Carlson. Know that we love you and are thinking of you at this time. God's blessings on you all.
- Ken and Margo HarwardPaula and Arnold... This day is heavy in my heart as you lay Aunt Lorraine to rest. I apologize for not being there, but health first and I know you both understand. I am so sorry the Matriarch of the family is gone and anothers takes her place. She touched my soul long before I came into the family and cherish knowing her. I love you all,! God bless us and may we stay safe!
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