Obituary of Lorraine Higgs Evans
Lorraine Evans passed away peacefully at the age of 91 at Spring Creek Care Center, Boise, Idaho.
She was born May 10, 1928 in Rushville, Nebraska to Charles B. and Blanche I. Higgs. She was the oldest of 6 children; 2 boys and 4 girls. She was just a skinny little kid from Nebraska. She never knew life was tough because of her family’s love and support.
Her family moved to Riverton, Wyoming where they lived in a shack with a dirt floor. Her Dad took on any job available to support his little family.
When her family moved to Boise, Idaho in 1943, Lorraine remained with relatives in Riverton to finish the school year. She rejoined the family in Boise, graduating from Boise High School in 1946.
During WWII, her family corresponded with and fed many of the soldiers in their home, lots of pancakes and waffles! This is where she met her husband, Claude H. Evans. Claude called her ‘Butch’. A nickname that is still unexplained.
Lorraine and Claude were married on May 26, 1946 at the Baptist Church on Jefferson St. in Boise. After their marriage, they moved to Quarryville, Pennsylvania. They stayed two years. Their first child (Sherrie) was born there. They soon decided that Idaho was a better fit.
They came home to Boise in 1948 and built a small house in the Collister area. They joined the Collister Methodist Church where their little family grew and prospered. They belonged to Collister School’s PTA where they participated in building parade floats and did crazy skits for Stunt Night. They wrote, made costumes and participated in many of those plays.
She was part of a Birthday club where they played cards, went to dances and spent time in McCall swimming, skiing and playing with family and friends.
They joined a square dance club. She and Claude danced all kinds of dances, anytime and anywhere they could. They were great dancers.
Lorraine and Claude built a cabin in Smiths Ferry by hand with help from their family and friends, under the guidance of Lorraine’s dad, Charlie Higgs. She was a strong-minded woman who skinned poles for the cabin and went hunting with her husband, carrying her own rifle.
She made a mean fried chicken, melt in your mouth pork roast and a great corn casserole.
She traveled to Bermuda to trace family history visiting New York City on their way. Their travels included Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean.
Lorraine worked at Boise Cascade after her kids went to school. She also worked at Hillside Jr. High School for 25 years as a teacher’s aide.
She was preceded in death by her husband Claude, two brothers (Larry & Kenneth) and her mother and father.
She leaves behind her children, Sherrie Hall (Bill), Lois Brower, Jim Evans and Peggy Pegan (Charlie), three sisters Peggy Bigler (Keith) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Carrol Emery of Boise, ID, and Sharron Kipling of Roseburg, OR. Also, her ten grandchildren, 23 great grand children and her nieces and nephews. All were a source of love and lots of laughter.
In the end she may have been a skinny little girl from Nebraska, but ‘Oh My’ how she changed all our lives. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers! Lorraine loved you all.
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