, Salem, MA

April 13, 2013

Lorraine Houston, 81

Beverly, MA — Lorraine Houston died April 11, 2013, after over a two decade battle with bouts of three types of cancer.

She was the victor in each of the battles, but the most recent battle left her in a weakened condition, severely limiting her activities.

Born in Presque Isle, Maine, on December 22, 1932, Lorraine was raised in Beverly by her late grandmother Eunice (McKinnon) Ryan and Eunice’s husband, Ed Ryan.

Lorraine graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1948.

Lorraine is survived by her husband, best friend and companion for more than 65 years, Charles Houston, also from Beverly.

Lorraine and Charles were parents to three daughters, Charlotte Houston, of Danvers, Gail Johnson, of Beverly, and Janet Coane, wife of John Coane, of Salisbury, Mass.

Lorraine leaves four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; Stephanie Williams, wife of Ronald Williams, and their children Jenna and Colin, Charity Houston and her partner, David Harte and children, Joel Houston and twin daughters Lilly and Zoe Harte, of Danvers, and Kevin Johnson, of Hamilton, and Brenda Johnson, of Beverly.

She is also survived by three sisters and one brother; Dorothy SanaPetro, wife of the late Salvatore SanaPetro, of Rhode Island, Carol Fitzpatrick, wife of David Fitzpatrick, of Salem, Joyce Cahill, wife of John Cahill, of Salem, and Robert Pelletier and his wife, of Salem.

Lorraine worked many years in the food service industry, and while she and Charlie lived in Windsor Lochs, Conn., she worked several years in secretarial at Combustion Engineering.

Lorraine loved to knit, generating enough mittens, scarves and gorgeous sweaters to clothe family and friends for years. Unfortunately, her health deprived her of that activity in her later years.

Lorraine attended, although begrudgingly, midget car races cheering and supporting her husband ,Charles or as the trophies say “Chuck” Houston, many weekends up and down the Atlantic coast for much of the 60’s and 70’s.

Lorraine enjoyed vacationing in several islands of the Caribbean, but due to her limitation in recent years, was limited to her passion of shopping and donating money to the Mohegan Sun.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be a private service, for family only. The family invites friends of theirs and Lorraine’s to visit with them at the house on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA, 01923. Her guestbook may be visited at