Lorraine Yenney McPherson, 89

GRANGEVILLE: Lorraine Yenney McPherson, 89, of Grangeville, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019, at her home in Grangeville surrounded by her loving family.

Lorraine was born November 11, 1929, at Kooskia, Idaho, the daughter of Jim and Jennie Yenney. She was raised on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River above Kooskia and attended Kooskia area schools, graduating from Kooskia High School. She then attended and graduated from Lewis & Clark Normal School in Lewiston with a teaching degree.

She married Donald D. McPherson on June 1, 1949. Don passed away in 2011. She will be buried on June 1, 2019, which would have been their 70th wedding anniversary.

Lorraine taught school in Adele, Oregon; Sweet and Salmon, Idaho and spent 30 years teaching 4th grade at Kooskia Elementary School.

She and Don were active members in the Kooskia Saddliers, Back Country Horsman of Idaho, Idaho Horse Council and the Idaho Trails Council. She enjoyed traveling, reading and gardening.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Kathy (Todd) Brown and Gene (Wendy) McPherson. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jenny (Daryl) Agar, Casey McPherson, Kristen (Carlos) Montenegro, Katie (Brandon) Knight, Jason (Virginia) Grob, Jamie (Matt) Dias, Chase McPherson, Chance McPherson and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Curtis Yenney and husband Don.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 12:00 to 2:00 followed by a funeral service at Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia. A gathering will follow for family and friends at the Country Center in Stites after the burial.

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  • Alisha Adkison-Walker from Interlink says:

    We had spoken just weeks ago! I looked forward to talking with her each week and was disappointed when she went home again, knowing we may not hear from her for a while. I remember our last conversation was full of laughing and gratitude on both ends. She said she would definitely call if they needed anything else. I feel honored to have been involved in helping during that time, as if it were a gift to me. I’m sure my co-worker and the volunteer team will feel very similar. Lorraine stood out with her grateful attitude and kind words each week no matter if a volunteer was available or not. I’m thankful that she was able to be around her family. Thank you to Kathy who trusted us to be a part of your story. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Dimon Johnson says:

    So sorry for your loss praying for you and your family during this hard time

  • Nancy Brandt says:

    So sorry for your loss. She was a special lady and touched so many lives throughout her life.

  • Jim & Cheryln Pankey says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Lorraine’s passing. Jim said he always enjoyed when she came in the store, always pleasant and smiling.She was also one of my favorite ladies. I always looked forward to our visits. She will be missed by many. Our Sincere condolences. Jim& Cheryln Pankey
    Sorry we could not make it to her service

  • Ernie Wells says:

    Mrs McPherson was a great and loving teacher. I still know how to dance the Virgina Reel! She was kind and firm with all of the kids. I am sorry that I did not get to tell her that in person.

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