Marguerite Lorraine Ashland passed away peacefully at home with family by her side early Saturday November 18, 2017. Lorraine was the eldest child of William Charles Tifft and Marguerite Howe Hubbell. Her life began April 9, 1928 in Seymour, Connecticut, a sleepy little town on the banks of the Naugatuck River. She attended school and graduated with honors from Seymour High in 1945 and went on to earn a BFA in 1949 from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Lorraine met Walter I. Ashland Jr. whom she would marry in 1951. They had two daughters, Susanne and Sara. When the girls were still young their family moved to Amherst, Mass where Walt earned his Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts while Laurie, as Walt called her, raised their daughters.
With a move across the country in 1970, Walt joined the teaching faculty at the University of Idaho. Encouraged by her husband, Lorraine earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education from the U of I. She enjoyed a 20 year career at the University of Idaho Forestry Publications Department. Blending her love for nature and exceptional attention to detail, she went on to produce many pen and ink drawings for multiple publications. You can find her drawings along the Chipman Trail between Moscow and Pullman at the natural information pullouts. Many have also enjoyed gifts of her cards and artwork.
After 37 years together, her husband passed in 1988 and she retired 10 years later. During her retirement she traveled, spent time in her garden and eventually gained a new companion. Little Mercy, a “spunky” min-pin, was a gift from her only granddaughter Jessica. She’s been a loyal friend to Lorraine for the last 13 years.
Lorraine is survived by daughters Susanne Ashland (Brian Johnson) and Sara Frazier (Bradly); granddaughter Jessica Burns (Casimiro); great granddaughter Madison; great grandson Alex; younger brother William G. Tifft of Tucson, AZ; nieces, nephews and her devoted dog Mercy.
A very special thank you to the many friends, caregivers, doctors and to her church family for their loving support. Service to be held at 1:00pm Saturday November 25, 2017 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 South Jefferson St. Moscow, ID.
A celebration of Lorraine’s life will take place in April 2018 near her 90th birthday.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Humane Society of the Palouse or the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department.