HARRISON, Lorraine (Gosselin)
ODESSA Lorraine Harrison passed away peacefully in Odessa on January 9th, 2008. She was born to George and Florence Gosselin in Altus, Oklahoma, on August 7, 1926. A long time resident of Odessa, she attended numerous universities in her quest for professional advancement, graduating with a B. S. from Oklahoma College for Women. She earned an M. Ed. from West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M) in Canyon, Texas. Courses toward a doctorate in Education were pursued at Texas A&M. She taught art and special education in the Odessa public schools for 25 years and later taught adult education classes part-time at Odessa Community College. She was a member of the Odessa Retired Teachers Association and an active member of Phi Delta Kappa sorority during her career. ACTIVITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS As a teenager and with her family, guested WWII Air Force Trainees through the USO at Alltus AFB, Altus, Oklahoma An art teacher in the public schools, and art hobbyist who at one time attended the Chicago Art Institute A collector of antique trunks and kaleidoscopes Former American secretary for the International ôLÆAssociation des Familles Gosselin,,ö one of the largest French/American family organizations in the world A genealogist for the family who published several short historical pieces covering the family since the 1400Æs, including the paper back, ôGabrielÆs Grandchildren,ö in 1992 A secretary for, and recent attendee at her 64th High School reunion An enthusiastic personality, eager to make new friends, never met a stranger Frequent gadfly for newspapers that committed typographical or syntactical errors, well know at the Odessa American, which at one time kept a bulletin board of her complaint letters. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Kenneth Gosselin, and sister, Elizabeth Swartz. She is survived by a son, Randy Harrison, and his wife, Lorraine, of San Antonio, a granddaughter, Mona Maust and her husband Jon, also of San Antonio, a niece, Amy Huckaby, and a nephew, Kelly McKoy, both of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Home Hospice for their loving care during the last days of LorraineÆs life. Her memorial service will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 401 East 42nd Street, in Odessa at 2:00 on Saturday, January 19th. Friends and family are invited to attend. Her cremains will be committed to the family plot in Altus. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Home Hospice, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, Texas, 79761, in lieu of flowers.