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Lorraine Mary Haller Moffat

02/28/1926 - 05/20/2024

Lorraine was born on February 28, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, to Christine and Oscar Haller. She was the cherished wife of Richard P. Moffat, who preceded her in death in 1995. Together, they shared a deep bond and raised a loving family.

Lorraine is survived by her children: Chris Rhodes (Kent), Meredith Prince (Steve), Craig Moffat (Diana), Roger Moffat (Christine), and Mindy Thomas (Eldon). She was preceded in death by her son Parker Moffat (Peggy) in 2020, and her daughter Marti Slade (Fred) in 2018. Lorraine was a devoted grandmother to 23 grandchildren and a proud great-grandmother to 34 and counting.

Raised in Eagle Rock, California, Lorraine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Occidental College in 1946. She was known for her voracious love of reading, always immersed in a book. In 1947, she married the love of her life, Richard Moffat, and together they embarked on a journey that took them from Yuma to Phoenix, finally settling in Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona, where they raised their family.

Lorraine was a pillar of strength in her community, actively involved in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints having been baptized in 1942. She served in various leadership positions including Relief Society President, Young Women’s President, and as a dedicated teacher. She was endlessly creative and resourceful.   Her talents were showcased as many youth in the church will remember being in her award-winning “Road Shows” in which she wrote the script, directed, and designed the costumes.  Lorraine was involved in dance festivals with 100’s of youth.  The sewing machine could be heard late into the night as she tackled these projects.

Lorraine was a dedicated learner and curious mind.   Later in life, Lorraine wanted to improve her piano playing skills.  She found a piano teacher to learn how to play by chords.   When Richard was called as the Stake Patriarch she decided it was time she became master at the computer and learned how to word process to act as scribe.  She didn’t shy away from anything new.  She tackled all new technology challenges head on. Lorraine wanted an Instagram account in her 80’s so she could keep up with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In 1992-1993, Lorraine and Richard served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the island of St. Martin, exemplifying their commitment to service and faith. Lorraine taught children to read on their mission.   Lorraine’s compassion extended beyond her family and church as she volunteered for over 18 years at LDS Family Services and served as a temple worker.

Throughout her life, Lorraine cultivated a spirit of adventure, traveling extensively with her family. From cross-country trips in a camper to visits to Cuba, Israel, and Japan, she embraced new experiences with enthusiasm. Her heart belonged to the United Kingdom, where she cherished every visit, fulfilling her lifelong love for all things British.

Lorraine Moffat was a pioneer in her own right, with an unwavering love for God and family. Her legacy of service, resilience, and devotion will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.

 

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