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Life Story / Obituary
In all ways, Loraine Standley held fast to her faith, and her love of family was without end. A generous and kind woman, there wasn’t anyone quite like Loraine in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Although she is no longer here to share the laughter with those close to her, her legacy lives on in the wonderful memories she leaves behind.
The 1930s was greatly defined by the trials of the Great Depression. The Dust Bowl years and droughts only complicated these devastating days as unemployment reached one in three workers. Throughout these tumultuous times, Americans forged on with lasting hope while Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire danced their way into the hearts of many. Born on June 29, 1935 in the riverfront city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Loraine Isabel was lovingly welcomed by her proud parents, Stanley Sr. and Eleanor (Snyder) Curie.
One of five children, Loraine grew up alongside her siblings, Stanley Jr., Robert, Muriel, and Alvin. Her father worked as a laborer in one of the local factories while her mother remained at home looking after their household as a homemaker.
A child typical of her generation, Loraine spent her time playing with neighborhood friends. She also played softball in her youth, serving as a pitcher. Loraine attended the area schools and went on to graduate from South High School in Grand Rapids where she was a friend of many.
Loraine was a young woman when she met the love of her life, Terry Standley. Home on leave during the Korean War, the two hit it off immediately and for the following two years, they wrote endless letters to each other. It was through these letters that their relationship grew to include love, and merely ten days after he returned home from the service, Loraine and Terry happily shared vows of marriage. For the next 44 years, four children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Loraine and Terry enjoyed a deep, abiding love that saw them through good times and bad until his eventual death in 1999.
Loraine was a loving and attentive mother to Karen, Linda, Mark, and Jack. She made a good home for Terry and the kids where her door was always open to their friends and a place for them at her table. When her children grew older, Loraine began working at Michigan Bell as a telephone operator, and later at AT&T.
Family was by far Loraine’s greatest joy. Throughout the years she had a way all her own in making the holidays and other family celebrations bright. Christmas Eve’s were especially treasured as a family. Every year they would get together at a Chinese Restaurant and enjoy dinner together, “ala Christmas Story” and share loads of laughs. When her family came to include six grandchildren including Amanda, Nicholas, Laura, Lisa, Ashley, and Brandon and later six great-grandchildren, Baylie, Trevor, Austin, Selena, Breeanna, and Connor, Loraine considered herself exceedingly blessed. Just as loving as a grandmother, Loraine spent every opportunity enjoying their company.
A romantic at heart, Loraine loved watching romance movies. Sometimes she’d even watch them three or more times in a row! She also liked watching the Twilight Series and the Hallmark Channel on TV which seemed to always have a love story plot just the same. Over the years she enjoyed going antiquing, and she cherished her collection of cartoon figurines and glasses, many of which were given to her as gifts.
Loraine Standley was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and friend. Being a very caring and giving woman came naturally for Loraine. She had a huge heart for others, especially her family, and she was sometimes generous to a fault. Family was the very heart of Loraine’s life. She walked by faith in all she said and did, and through her strong faith, she believed she would one day be reunited with her beloved husband and family in Heaven. Dearly missed, Loraine will be fondly and lovingly remembered
Loraine I. Standley, age 81 of Tallmadge Township passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Loraine will be deeply missed by her children, Karen (Ken) Sellon of Allendale, Linda Brock of Grand Rapids, Mark Standley of Grand Rapids and Jack Standley of Grand Rapids; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her brother, Robert (Margaret) Curie of Grandville; sister, Muriel Hines of Azle, TX; brother-in-law, Robert (Linda) Standley of Cedar Springs; several nieces and nephews. Loraine was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Standley; and by her brothers, Stanley and Alvin Curie. Burial will be in Rosedale Memorial Park. Memorials in Loraine’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Please visit Loraine's web page to share a favorite memory or photo, leave a condolence and to sign her online guest book at www.lifestorynet.com.