Lorraine  Edgecomb


Colorado Springs - (Doris) Lorraine (Rioux) Edgecomb passed away on May 2nd, 2019 following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She has spent these last 5 ½ years in the extraordinary home-care of her son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Camille Edgecomb, in Colorado Springs, CO.

Born in Grand Falls NB, Canada on January 24th, 1934, Lorraine enjoyed a long life dedicated to children and education. The youngest of the 12 children of Edmond and Theresa Rioux, Lorraine was the first in her family to continue her education past high school. Shortly after becoming the teacher of a one-room schoolhouse, she moved to Limestone, Maine after marrying Clayton Edgecomb. She put her career aside to raise their five children (Lynne Ryder, Michael Edgecomb, Kenneth Edgecomb, Jane Blais, and Jay Edgecomb). When the youngest was old enough, she returned to education as a teaching-assistant in Limestone. With five children at home and this full-time job, Lorraine worked nights and weekends to successfully pursue her Bachelor's degree in elementary education at the University of ME, Presque Isle. Earning State certification, Lorraine was once again given her own classroom; teaching 3rd grade at a local school.

Following Clayton's sudden death in 1977, Lorraine took a year-long sabbatical to live in Colorado Springs where she earned her Master's Degree in Special Education at UCCS and enjoyed time with Lynne and her 1st grandchild, Seth Ryder. A few years after Lorraine's return to her classroom in Limestone and her youngest child's graduation, she moved to Southern Maine to accept a Special Education position in Shapleigh and be closer to her sister in Biddeford. Here she continued to spend time with grandchildren, enjoying a close relationship with Jane's children Chelsea and Alden Blais and frequently returning to Limestone to spend time with Mike, Karen, and their daughter Shannon. Upon retirement, Lorraine relocated to Goldsboro, NC where she enjoyed providing childcare for Jay's young children, Austin and Jayla before moving in with Lynne in Winston-Salem, NC. When it became apparent that Lorraine should no longer be home alone during the day, Lynne's adult daughter, Kendra Smith, generously uprooted her own life in Colorado Springs to move in with Lynne and Lorraine to care for her grandmother. In 2013 Lorraine was taken in by Ken and Camille in CO. Sadly, Lorraine never met her great-grandchildren: Shannon's step-son Benjamin Tobey, Chelsea's daughter Audrey Sims, and Kendra's son Greyson Smith.

In addition to Lorraine's love of and dedication to children, in both her career and family, she loved to travel. Over the years this included visiting family in Canada and summer trips to Biddeford when living in Limestone as well as return trips after moving South. Notable adventures included her first ever plane trip to Florida with her niece (and 'partner in crime') Shirley Everett, trips to visit Lynne and her family in Virginia, Texas, and Colorado, a 'girls road trip' with her daughters and two granddaughters to Salem and Boston MA, and her pilgrimage to Graceland (home of her celebrity crush and bit of an obsession... Elvis Presley) with Jane and Chelsea.

Lorraine's family is especially grateful to Camille, who generously assumed primary care of Lorraine during these difficult final years. Camille's patience, compassion, and expertise in this area of health care has been greatly appreciated by Lorraine's children and grandchildren.

Anyone interested in doing so is welcome to make a donation in Lorraine's honor to the Alzheimer's Association. This can be completed online using the link: https://www.alz.org/nca/donate
Published on May 4, 2019
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Patti Caldwell Burgess
May 14, 2019
Jane and Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Nancy Ward
May 08, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of your mom's passing.
Nancy and Greg Ward.
Jean Guy and Ghislaine Clement
May 06, 2019
So sorry for the loss of your mother. Our sincere condolences to all the family of aunt Lorraine. Jean Guy, son of Germaine Rioux (sister) and wife Ghislaine
Don Haymaker
May 05, 2019
Kenny, I'm so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. We were just talking today about my Mother's birthday (May 2nd) and her death on May 11th, 1996. It's hard, no matter the circumstances to lose a parent. Hang on to the good memories and she will always be with you, in your heart!
Chuck & Jo-Ellen Kelley
May 05, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Edgecomb family. Lorraine was a very special lady who made a positive impact on the lives of many.
Eileen and Skip Haines.
May 04, 2019
We are so sorry for you loss of your Mom. We would of loved to of met her.
Beverly & Conrad Edgecomb
May 04, 2019
To Lorraine's Family,
Conrad and I were so sorry to hear about Aunt Lorraine. The picture you posted said it all. What a wonderful person. She always had that great smile and kind words for everyone. She will be sadly missed by everyone who came in contact with her.
Bev & Conrad
Karen Pulliam
May 04, 2019
A beautiful tribute for a beautiful and inspiring woman.
Yolaine Rioux
May 04, 2019
I’m Guy’s daughter, one of Lorraine’s brothers. We used to go to Limestone and aunt Lorraine made me chocolate chips cookies with her “ secret” receipe ! They were THE best! The last time I visited her was in 2004... God bless you auntie, with love...
F. Louis
May 04, 2019
I want to express my condolences to your family and friends over the loss of your love one. In times like this a comforting word is welcomed. May you receive strength and comfort from the God who promise to “swallow up death forever” and give us a hope of a “resurrection”. - Isaiah 25:8; Acts 24:15. JW.org
Linda Tracy Donnellon
May 04, 2019
Your memory will always be with me--You were my surrogate mother--my friend, my voice of reason, and a very special person--I came into your life when Michael was born--and stayed there until I married and left Limestone--You were a blessing to so many--RIP --until we meet again--
Fred and Cindy Edgecomb
May 04, 2019
Thinking of all of you and keeping you in our prayers. You have taken wonderful care of your mom during such a challenging time in her life. God bless you all!
Love and prayers,
Fred and Cindy