Mary Lorraine Laing

MARQUETTE, MI – Lifelong Marquette resident, Mary Lorraine Laing, age 100, entered eternal life Sunday, October 1, 2017, at the Norlite Nursing Center, in the loving care of her family.

Born in Marquette on June 22, 1917, a daughter of Perry and Marguerite (Kimball) Hatch, her childhood years were filled with fun and adventure. She loved being outdoors and spent endless hours in the woods with her father, Perry Hatch. Mr. Hatch, at age 22, began work as a Boy Scout leader for Michigan’s first troop, Hiawathaland Council. One member of that troop, Bart King, was called to serve in World War I at the age of 22. He died in 1918 of pneumonia due to the rigors of war and deplorable battle living conditions. The tightly knit troop back in Marquette wished to honor him. Lorraine was but a mere youth when she became one of the “guys” who helped build the obelisk on top of Sugarloaf Mountain. She climbed the steep hill with rock filled burlap bags to help with this Boy Scout project. Today, the tall obelisk stands as a monument not only to Bart King, but to the determination and camaraderie of scouting and its leaders.

Both Lorraine and her brother, Kim, also spent hours at the Marquette lighthouse under the care of their grand- parents, where her grandfather, Charles Kimball, was lighthouse keeper. She graduated from Graveraet High School in 1934 and continued her education by attending Northern State Normal School (now NMU). In one of her leisure moments, while roller skating, she met her future husband, Lewis Scott Laing III. They married and, while he was away serving in the military during World War II, she kept the home fires burning, caring for their three children, Lewis “Scotty”, Perry E. and Mary M. Lewis was later injured in the Battle of the Bulge.

While raising her family, she served as a Cub Scout leader, a Girl Scout leader, and utilized her talents as a beautiful seamstress for the benefit of her family and friends. Lorraine’s life was filled with a vast treasury of memories, experiences, and adventures. Outgoing and personable, she possessed a unique joy of life, loved to travel, watch sunsets, had a great sense of humor, enjoyed meeting new people, and loved to dance to 40’s music. She seemed to be constantly on the go, traveling as much as possible, sneaking off to the casino, going to Camp Perry, cross country skiing into her 70’s, and golfing, achieving two holes in one.

Her civic activities included being an active member of the First United Methodist Church and its World Service Guild, member of Jacettes Junior Chamber of Commerce, Marquette Golf and Country Club, Federated Women’s Club, volunteer with the Marquette General Hospital Gift Shop, and making holiday tray favors for over 25 years for patient trays at the hospital.

Survivors include her son, Perry (Sheila) Laing of Marquette and daughter, Mary (Dave) Hart of Calgary, Canada; her grandchildren, Stephen (Stacey) Hart, Jessica Hart, Jeff (Julie) Hoffman, Dana (Mark France) Hoffman, Nathan (Lacey) Hoffman, Kristie Buruse, and John Buruse; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Ruthie May, Jackson, Slava, Peter, Anastasya, Jaidin, Nash, Tim, Zach, Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Perry and Martha Hatch, Marguerite and Edward Constance; husband, Lewis Laing; son, Lewis “Scotty” Laing; brother, C. Kimball Hatch; mother-in-law, Margaret Laing; and special friend, Peter LaFrenier.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the caring staff at Mill Creek and Norlite for their compassionate, professional care and the many kindnesses extended to the family.

In lieu of flowers, and because of Lorraine”s love of animals, especially kittens, memorials may be directed to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855.

Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Monday, October 9, beginning at 1:00 pm until the time of service at 2:00 pm Monday afternoon. Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside. A dessert reception will follow in the reception room located at the funeral home. Interment will be made in the Park Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneral