February 2, 1939 – December 24, 2017
Gladys “Lorraine” Elias of Laton, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 in Hanford. She was 78 years old. Lorraine was born at her family's home on February 2, 1939 in the Selma area. She attended Terry Elementary School and Selma High School. A few years later she married Joseph Elias, Jr. She was a wife, homemaker and the mother of 3 boys. Before her husband's passing in 1975 they enjoyed spending time cooking and working at various functions at the Laton Lions Hall. When her youngest boy reached school age she began working as a teacher's aide at Laton Elementary School. Then on to Laton High School as a cook and cafeteria aide. After getting her boys through high school she began working at Anita's Clothing Store at the Kings Mall in Hanford. Throughout her lifetime she loved her family dearly and spending time with them meant the most to her.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, Leola and Walter Pederson, a brother, Edwin Pederson and sisters, Faye Avila and Evelyn Tolentino, stepson Buddy Elias and her husband, Joseph Elias Jr. She is survived by her sons: Richard Elias of Laton, David Elias & wife Linda of Hanford, Joey Elias & wife Donna of Hanford, stepson, Bill Elias of Madera and her sister, Dorothy Davis of Morro Bay. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren; Megan Elias of Visalia, Alex Elias & wife Morgan of Hanford and great grandchildren; Olive Lucero, Jack Lucero and Nixon Elias as well as numerous nieces and nephews: Vivian Cazares, Virginia Onstott, Jack Elias, Kevin Tolentino, Tony Avila, Johnny Avila, Sherry Stricker and Scott Davis.
Graveside services for Lorraine will be held on Friday, January 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Calvary Cemetery, 11680 S. 10th Ave, Hanford, CA. Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst McNamara Funeral Service, Hanford.