Alverta Lorraine Nichols was born February 12, 1923 at Hopeville, Iowa to Jay and Opal (Hazen) Liles. She died peacefully May 28, 2012 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa after difficulties from a hip fracture.
Lorraine had a love of teaching, and following Mount Ayr high school graduation, furthered her education at Creston Junior College to become a teacher. She taught in a rural school for two years before marrying Lyndon Dale Nichols in 1942. To this union were born three daughters; Dianna Lynne, Gay Annette and Lori Ann.
Lorraine and Lyndon farmed around Mount Ayr, Iowa their whole lives. Lorraine was a fulltime housewife and mother, helping on the farm like most farm wives. She enjoyed the hog operation, and raising the little pigs. Lorraine’s most loved times were spent with family, weaving rugs and trying out new pattern, taking care of a huge garden to share with family and friends, and sitting on the porch overlooking the cows in the field. The Iowa State Fair was a yearly family vacation of camping for over 60 years—all farm duties were planned around the fair. Grandchildren, nieces and nephews, have fond memories of spending time on the farm with Lorraine, riding the hogs, playing in the creek and Tarzan’s jungle, and learning about farm life.
Lyndon died May 30, 1980 at the age of 59 and Lorraine continued with the farm operations under a partnership. She loved farming and had such a love of the land.
In 1983 Lorraine married Daughn Reasoner. Due to health issues Lorraine gave up the pig operation and continued with the cow herd. They were then able to go to Texas for the winters. Lorraine made many lasting friends from the Valley who she talked with frequently on the phone until her death. She loved pokeno and remained in charge of the game at the park until she was unable to go back in 2009. Daughn and Lorraine moved into the Clearview Estates in 2009, enjoying all of the activities and support that assisted living brought. Daughn died December 22, 2010. The Estates became family to Lorraine, and she was very happy there. She pursued her hobby of growing African violets for all to enjoy.
God was a very important part of Lorraine’s life, being a member of the Mount Ayr Methodist Church. She was very interested in daily events, reading four different newspapers when able and sending letters and cards to all those whom she knew for birthdays, illness or special occasions. The family was always interested to see what “educational clipping” that Lorraine would send them when she felt an article was appropriate to them.
Lorraine will be greatly missed by her three daughters; Dianna (husband Bill) Cain of Las Vegas, Nevada, Gay (husband Ed) Hightshoe of Polk City, Iowa and Lori (fiancé Jay Greif) Foltz of Desoto, Iowa; one sister Iola Wernli of Perry, Iowa; one brother Ronnie (wife Sue) Liles of Des Moines, Iowa; one sister-in-law Anne Liles; two brothers-in-law Earl (wife Edie) Pickens and Lyle (wife Mildred) Nichols; seven grandchildren, Dana (husband Aaron) Lamansky, Chad (wife Nicole) Hightshoe, Cory (wife Alison) Hightshoe, Stacy (husband Rod) West, Christopher (wife Ashley) Kuonen, Ashley Kuonen and Jessica Foltz; two step-grandchildren, Cindy (husband Jim) Brodie and Tegwin Cain; 14 great-grandchildren who were the light of her life; numerous nieces and nephews; the Reasoner family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lyndon Nichols and Daughn Reasoner; sisters, Myrtelle Liles, June and husband Bill Rinehart, Donna Pickens; brothers, George and wife Shirley Liles and Bob Liles; brothers-in-law, Don and wife Zoe Nichols, LeRoy Wernli, and sister-in-law Betty and husband Bill Bradley.
A memorial fund has been established to the Mount Ayr Public Library. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Funeral services were held at the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church on Friday, June 1, 2012 with Reverend Skip Rushing officiating. Musicans were Debbie Cannon and Sally Young.
Casket bearers were Aaron Lamansky, Chad Hightshoe, Cory Hightshoe, Rod West, Christopher Kuonen and Dakota Greif.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, Iowa.