D. "Lorraine" Blakeslee

July 19, 1928 ~ June 29, 2018

D. Lorraine Hyde Pershall Blakeslee was born to Fred and Delphine (Aldrich) Hyde in Pierre, SD. When Lorraine was eight years of age, the Hyde family moved to the farming community of Vale, OR to escape the Dust Bowl. Lorraine graduated from Vale High School in 1946, and married Robert Pershall with whom she had two children. As a farmwoman, she milked cows, baked pies for the community store, helped harvest crops while keeping an eye on her children and impressing her nieces with her hairdressing abilities.
Later in her life, she moved to Boise, ID, where she met and married Charles Dean Blakeslee in 1972. Charlie and Lorraine enjoyed a life of traveling the world and living abroad in the country of Panama. After her husband's death, Lorraine settled in Vancouver, WA close to her daughter and family and continued to travel to different countries.
She is survived by her son, Joel Pershall (Diana); daughter, Karen Varkados (Van); grandchildren, Rhonda Burroughs (Greg), Sheila Pershall, Stephanie Vander Wel (Denis) and Alex Vander Wel; great-grandchildren, Devin and Samantha Burroughs, Robert Adkins, and Caleb Peters; and special companion, Robert Campbell.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 21, 1:00 p.m. at 13311 NW 11th Avenue, Vancouver, WA.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published by The Columbian on Jul. 17, 2018.
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In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. It is just not the same anymore.
She will never be forgotten. Love, Dolores
Dolores Anderson
July 13, 2020
My sincere condolences to you. May the God of peace and comfort be with your family during this difficult time.
July 30, 2018
Lorraine was a wonderful friend! We enjoyed traveling together , staying in touch when we lived far apart. She was a sweet christian friend and I will miss her as long as I live. My condolences to her family whom she loved with all of her heart.
July 19, 2018
Our little community lost a good neighbor in Lorraine. I enjoyed chatting with her on several occasions. She was an easy person to like. My sincerest sympathy to her family on her loss.
Neil Rylander
July 18, 2018
We spent so much time together and you were such a special friend to me and I will cherish all those great times with you and miss you so much.
Dolores Anderson
July 17, 2018
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