Lorraine C. Friend

March 01, 1936 - January 08, 2020
Bellingham, WA

Lorraine C. Friend

March 01, 1936 - January 08, 2020
Bellingham, WA


Lorraine was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, to Edwin and Pearl Olson. The family moved to a small farm north of Bellingham while she was very young.

After graduating from Bellingham High School, class of 1955, she married Melvin Friend in 1959. They spent 58 wonderful years together, until his death in 2017. Lorraine was secretary at the First Baptist Church for over 28 years. She was an avid mall walker, and cherished the friendships it, and the coffee group, inspired. A devoted and loving wife, mother, and friend, she was always kind, sweet, and compassionate.

She is survived by her son, Greg (Della) Friend.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 24th, at 11:00am at the First Congregational Church (2401 Cornwall Ave).

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Whatcom Hospice Foundation, or the First Congregational Church of Bellingham.

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: Jan 24, 2020 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: First Congregational Church
  • Location: 2401 Cornwall Ave Bellingham, WA - (Get Directions)

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3 responses to Lorraine C. Friend

  1. Amy Cloud says:

    Such a loss! Lorraine was truly one of the loveliest, most delightful women I have ever known. She was kind, thoughtful and a joy to know. She was friends with my mom, and shared her office at First Baptist with my dad, and I loved hearing through them about Lorraine and Mel’s trips to Veronica, Oregon and other points. She has a legion of friends and fans who mourn her passing and are lifting Greg in prayer; I am one.

  2. Greg and Della,

    We were saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. Our sincere condolences.

    Kevin and Barbie Love

  3. Shirley Sell says:

    Our dearest Lorraine. We Love you! Leaving our family & friends twenty-five years ago from Lynnwood, WA was very difficult, especially with a newborn daughter. Little did we know that the Lord had already provided “adoptive grandparents” & special “friends” living across the street from our new home to make our new life journey in Bellingham special and secure: Mel & Lorraine! They forever melded into our hearts & lives from the first day we met. Mel taught me to cook for which my family is so grateful. :) Lorraine taught me to hold my tongue & ponder thoughts before speaking an opinion for which the hearing is most grateful. :) I know Mel & Lorraine are present in Heaven with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, and that we shall be together again one day. As a young girl my mother taught me that I should never lightly call any woman a “Lady”. It’s an honorable title and must be used appropriately. Lorraine was truly a Lady; Though I (we) miss her presence so much, a Lady always knows when it’s time to leave. Shirley, Kerry, Katharine & Kevin Sell

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