[Loch-soilleir] Farewall to Lorraine on Thursday 2PM

Diana Steelquist baroness_cateau at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 17 07:11:36 PDT 2010

Farewell to Lorraine
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 6:56:56 PM


"Linda Bratina" <lindabratina at yahoo.com>

"" <coastal at lists.ansteorra.org>

Today a shining soul has left us and fluttered on to her just reward.
One of our own has passed away this day and will be sorely missed.  
She was a very hard working, loyal and helpful person.  A giving and kind soul.  A loving, warm and caring individual.  She was fiercely competitive and yet truly concerned for others, be they two or four footed.  She was a noble friend and confidant.
She enjoyed the SCA as her outlet, a way to be more than modern day society lets us be.  She was a chirurgeon, an artist and an equestrian marshal.  She truly loved a challenge and this was born out by the many times that she won competitions as an Equestrian.  Yet nothing thrilled her more than to take someone new under her wing and help them to become all they could be.  She was a teacher at heart.  
She earned many awards, including, the AOA, Sable Thistle of Ansteorra, Sable Crane of Ansteorra, Sodality of the Sentinels of the Stargate.  She was also a Royal Lancer of Ansteorra, twice, and earned the Golden Bridle of Ansteorra and the Golden Lance of Ansteorra.  She was ever busy.
Many of you may not know what the above items are or what they meant to her or too many of us, but let it be known that it was important to her and we were all proud of her.
She was also and wonderful mother, devoted grandmother and loving wife.  She spent much of her last few weeks, making sure that there were recordings, pictures and drawings for her grandson, so he might remember her.  
She always wanted a farm and finally achieved that dream, about the same time that the nightmare began, when she found that she had cancer.  She fought the battle against this internal foe, every bit as hard as she entered into every other competition or battle that she ever began.  She was determined that she was going to be there for all and she wasn’t about to give up.  Unfortunately, the foe she battled was too fierce and too mighty, and in the end she succumbed.  Her husband Charles Michael and her daughter Laura Michelle were with her when she passed on.  She was not alone.
She was my best friend, my sister in everything but blood and I am not sure what I will do without her.
Lady Lorraine Fraser, Laura Jean Betenbaugh, we will miss you.  Go in peace and may the good Lord receive your soul.  
Annalies Pferdehirt AKA Linda Bratina
The funeral will be held at her farm outside of Needville, Texas at 2:00 (SCA time) on Thursday, March 18, 2010.  All are invited to attend.  If you feel like it, bring food or drink, as we will be having a pot luck.  Think of it as a wake or farewell party for Laura.  There will be a bonfire once it starts getting dark.  The address is 16916 Brumbelow Road, Needville.  
In Laura's own hand I give you the directions to the farm, from SW 59:
Take hwy 59 south to the FM 2759/99 exit. 2759 is also called Crabb River road. Turn South, under 59. stay in middle lane, as side lanes become turn only. Travel 2.4 miles to junction of 2759 and 762.( traffic light and RR crossing) Go straight through intersection. (2759 turns off). You are now on FM 762. Drive 9 miles to junction with FM 1994. Flashing light. Go straight, as 762 turns off. Travel 3.4 miles to another flashing light. 1994 doglegs here. Turn left, and drive 1 more mile to Brumbelow road. There is a green street sign right before intersection, but no stop sign, or light, on 1994. Turn left. The farm is 2.5 miles down on the right. There is a red and white No Tresspassing sign on the double gate, and the numbers : 16916 on a wooden post out front. I should be there, so gate will be unlocked. 
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