Lorraine Ann Minor, of Coudersport, went home to be with the Lord on March 9, 2023, surrounded by her family.
Lorraine Ann Moore was born on May 13, 1926, in Bethpage, New York, to Ellsworth and Florence Moore. She was one of seven children. On September 21, 1947, she married the love of her life David Minor. After the marriage, Lorraine accompanied David to Providence, Rhode Island, to attend seminary at the Zion Bible Institute. Upon completion of David's education, they returned to Long Island, New York, to work in ministry with their good friends Joseph and Marjorie Crandall. While living in New York, Lorraine gave birth to three children, Sharon, Karen, and David. In 1956, David and Lorraine moved to Potter County, Pennsylvania, to help establish a new church, the Gospel Tabernacle. After the move to Pennsylvania, Lorraine gave birth to three more children, Stephen, Timothy, and John. During her life, Lorraine was employed as an administrative assistant for a private business in New York and then at the Gospel Tabernacle until her retirement. During her early years in Coudersport, she supervised the playground at Coudersport Elementary School where she was often found providing clothing and hugs for the children. She was also honored to be a foster parent.
Lorraine was known as a woman of integrity, humility, and compassion. Her acts of kindness were legendary. She was affectionately referred to as “Mothers” because she was a mother figure to so many people. Even in her later years, Lorraine would often visit the local nursing homes, hospitals, and those who were homebound who had no visitors. She regularly purchased clothes and food for the less fortunate. Once you met Lorraine, you were no longer a stranger but a friend.
She did all her kind acts in secret and never sought recognition for herself. Her husband would often say that the Church they built together in Coudersport would not have existed but for Lorraine’s love and sacrifice for her family, the congregation, and the community. After Lorraine’s passing, many messages flooded in from across the country from people whose lives she had impacted.
Lorraine’s husband, Pastor David Minor, passed away in 2017, but she continued her personal ministry of compassion, and when she could no longer walk, she was often heard on the phone offering support, prayers, and encouragement from her bed. Many lost souls found their way to her bedside for counseling and prayer.
Lorraine is predeceased by her brothers Charlie (Mary) Moore and Buddy (Mary) Moore, and sisters Nellie (George) Linden and Lillian Moore, and her son Timothy (Barb) Minor. She is survived by her brothers, Jay (Lore) Moore and George (Susan) Moore, sister Ruth (John) Sallade; her five children, Sharon (Larry) Richter, Karen (Tim) Knapp, David (Michelle) Minor Jr., Stephen (Marie) Minor and John (Gina) Minor; her 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Because Lorraine had a way of making each of her children and grandchildren feel special, they all felt that they were her favorite.
Lorraine joins her husband, David, of 71 years, her son, her parents, siblings, and friends in heaven. Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Our lives were enriched because of you.
Public viewing will occur on Saturday March 18, 2023, at the Gospel Tabernacle Church, 420 US Route 6 West, Coudersport, Pennsylvania, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service.
The family has entrusted Lorraine’s arrangements to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 N. East Street Coudersport, PA 16915. To share a memory or condolence visit www.thomasfickinger.com.
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