May 17, 1936 – April 16, 2021
Lorraine Ann Szasz (nee Ingram), Passed away peacefully on April 16th.
Mum was born at Comox Hospital May 17th ,1936 and brought up in the Royston/Union Bay area. Her father Courtney Ingram was born in Devon England. Her mother Lucy Davis was from the large Davis family who lived and worked in the Royston-Cumberland-Union Bay area.
Lorraine was the youngest in a family including three brothers, Vernon, Clem, and Norman. Mum went to school in Royston and Union Bay, until moving to Saltair in 1948. Here she met her future husband, James Szasz who was palling around with her brothers.
They married in 1956, started their family and resided on Davis Road in Ladysmith for the next 64 years of their marriage.
Lorraine raised four children – she loved being a mother (and Mother-in-Law!). Her caring and loving ways were extended to her children’s friends and to all who spent time in her home. She became an extra honorary Mum to many.
She was always interested in other points of view, a great listener, fair, gentle, kind and humble. Her great hospitality included homemade meals, baking – the smell of both — and laughter shared with many over the years. She leaves us with abundant memories of so many good times.
Lorraine was an ardent and active supporter of community involvement for a better society. In her younger years she was involved in her high school and Jobs Daughter’s. After marriage, as a parent she volunteered for many school events. Lorraine served on the Board of the Ladysmith Hospital. She was a lifetime member of the Ladysmith Hospital Auxiliary, starting in the 1960’s volunteering at the Thrift store with her mother.
She held many Board of Director positions including twice past president. Lorraine enjoyed volunteering for the Hospital Auxiliary and the camaraderie she shared with the members. Mum suffered from health issues and often being the recipient of our health care system she never took it for granted. She always tried to give back.
Lorraine and Jim enjoyed their extended summer trips in their camper each year. Enjoying time in Saskatchewan with family and trips to the north. They grew a fantastic garden, Mom canned her famous pickled carrots and cauliflower, and there was always homemade jams and preserves of all types.
Mum invested in her relationship with each of her children and grandchildren, leaving us each with a personal bond of love and friendship. This is her legacy.
Lorraine is survived by her husband James, her children Laurel (Joe Halloran), Rod (ZhaoZhang), Leanne (Ron Beaven), and Lynda (Bill Best). Grandchildren Landon Halloran (Marianne), Afton Halloran (Roberto), Alyxandar, Layne, Garrett, Connor, Akela, Kipling and great-grandchildren, Névée and Arlo. She is also survived by her brothers Norman and Vernon and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews in Canada the US and the UK.
The family would like to extend a thank you to those who supported Mum past and present, Dr. J. Benoit and Stanford Seniors Village for their support and most of all their caring.
As someone said about her upon her passing, “she was a wonderful human being.”