Saturday, November 12, 2016
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
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Kalamazoo, MI 49009
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Life Story / Obituary
With a life that spanned times of great change in the world around her, Lori Bainbridge was a blessing to everyone she met. She was more quiet by nature, and she was the type of person who could take everything in stride. A loving wife and mother, Lori was filled with great joy to become a mother to the two children she adored. She enjoyed so many of the best things that life has to offer, but what made these experiences to extraordinary was sharing them with the ones she loved. Life will never be the same without Lori here, but she leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that her loved ones will forever hold near and dear to their hearts.
The 1970s were an exciting time in American history. New technology was emerging nearly every day, which forever changed the way that Americans lived their lives. It was in 1975 that Motorola received a patent for the first mobile phone, and Sony introduced the first videotape. Bruce Springsteen and Chicago were among the most popular names in music, while Saturday Night Live made its debut on television. This was also a year of great anticipation in the lives of Gary and Shanna (Reeves) Cobb as they were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as fall appeared on the horizon in Comstock, Michigan. The big day finally arrived on September 8th when the baby girl they named Lori drew her first breath in nearby Kalamazoo. One of five Cobb children, she was raised in the family home in Comstock alongside her brothers, Michael, Scott, Chad, and Calvin. To support his bustling family, Lori’s father worked at James River Paper Mill while her mother had more than enough to keep her busy at home. It was certainly an adventure for Lori to be the only girl in a house full of brothers. As a student, she attended local schools including Comstock High School. Lori went on to graduate in the early nineties.
Life was forever changed for Lori when she met and later married Joe Bainbridge. It wasn’t long after meeting that they fell deeply in love. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together Lori and Joe were married in the mid-nineties. Together they welcomed two sons including Kenny and Ryan into their hearts and home. Lori took her role as a mother to heart, and she was an active part of her sons’ lives. Some of their most memorable times were spent together on the family property up North. There was nothing she enjoyed more than watching her boys grow up with lives full of promise within their reach. It was a difficult transition for Lori and her family when she suffered a stroke. She fought hard over the three years that followed, and her positive outlook always remained intact.
Throughout her life Lori was a woman of many interests. She was a sports fan who loved the Chicago Cubs as well as racing and especially NHRA drag racing. In addition, Lori loved animals and had several pets. For as long as she was able she also maintained an active lifestyle as she enjoyed things like swimming and fishing.
All who knew Lori Bainbridge would agree that she was truly beautiful on the inside and out. Life was not always easy for her, but she faced whatever came her way with both a quiet strength and a graceful courage. Lori treasured her family, and there was nothing she loved more than being surrounded by the ones she loved. Generous beyond measure, she was always looking for ways to help others in ways both great and small. Deeply loved, Lori will never be forgotten.
Lori Bainbridge, of Cooper, died November 4, 2016, in Kalamazoo. Her life will be celebrated on Saturday, November 12 from 1-4 PM at the Bainbridge Home. Lori’s family includes her husband, Joe Bainbridge; 2 sons, Kenny (15) and Ryan (12); mother, Shanna Das; 4 brothers: Chad Cobb, Calvin (Sarah) Cobb, Scott Reeves, and Michael Reeves; niece and nephew: Emma and Mason; and mother-in-law, Dorothy Bainbridge. Lori was preceded in death by her father, Gary Cobb in 2012 and by her father-in-law, Jack Bainbridge in 2014. Cremation will take place and no services are scheduled. Please visit Lori’s personal web page at www.BetzlerFuneralHome.com where you can archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her online guestbook. Memorial donations may be made to Preeclampsia Foundation. Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Dr. Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900