Loraine Navis

April 15, 1930 ~ November 20, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old


Loraine H Navis, of Caldwell, Idaho, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 93 on November 20th, 2023 after living a long and loving life. 

Loraine’s beautiful life began on April 15th 1930 in Lewiston, Idaho where she was born to parents, Clifton and Vyrle Flatt. The oldest of 7 children, she grew up as a caring and adventurous big sister in Kingston, Idaho. 

She spent fun-filled summers with her family just up the river from Kingston. Even though as an adult she refused to camp she always loved ice skating up the frozen rivers around Kingston. In fact, she often told her grandchildren stories of her winter adventures skating on the river with her father.

Around 1950 Loraine met and fell in love with Calvin (aka Cal) Burns. The two soon married and moved to Moscow, Idaho where Cal attended the University of Idaho (go Vandals) for accounting, preparing him for a career as a CPA. 

Loraine worked while Cal got his degree, and was very proud of her PHTC (Putting Hubby Through College) degree. Though she did admit at times that if she had the opportunity she would have liked to have pursued a career as a nurse.

She was a lifelong Vandal fan, teaching her kids the fight song when they were young (which they too taught to their children and even grandchildren). 

Loraine and Cal moved to Caldwell Idaho after he graduated from school. Loraine was an adoring wife, devoted homemaker, an extremely caring mother to their 3 children, Bonnie, Robert (Bo), and Bruce, and a faithful church-goer. 

Beyond dedicating much of her time and affection to her family, Loraine loved to golf, go for walks and generally be very active, and play bridge in several bridge clubs. In fact, she was a very accomplished golfer and bridge player. She hosted many bridge games at her home, volunteered with junior golf clubs (giving to the community while supporting her childrens’ golf pursuits), and she served on the Caldwell City golf board.

In 1963 Judy Copeland Beckett joined the family. As a student at college of Idaho, Judy participated in a program matching students with local families. Loraine and Cal adopted her as one of their own and she’s been a part of the family ever since.

Loraine loved to entertain (and was really quite a fabulous host - a skill she has passed on to her family), and her 4th of July parties were legendary!
Her husband, Cal, passed away young in 1984 after battling lung cancer, but Loraine would not be alone long. Loris and Loraine knew one another from their shared passion for local golf. Both were widowers and they fell in love, and in 1988 they married, joining their 2 families.

Together they were more than lifelong golfing companions, but also active partners, spending time walking together, attending local events, and traveling - sharing many memorable trips. 

The couple moved to Grant Street where they were a fixture in the local community (everyone knew and loved them). Loraine took great pride in continuing her 4th of July celebrations inviting friends and family to come and watch the parade from her front yard -  getting up early to put out chairs and secure spots for her guests and prepare ample refreshments. So, when one year the route was changed (no longer passing her yard) she marched right up to the police on route and told them they better change it back (and they did) - better not mess with Loraine. 

Loraine was preceded in death by her husband Calvin Burns, husband Loris Navis, son Robert (Bo) Burns, and 5 of her siblings. She is survived by her daughter Bonnie Fisher and partner Bill Kirtland, son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Pam Burns, adopted daughter and son-in-law Judy and Paul Beckett, step-daughter and son-in-law Lorrie and Mike Houston, brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Linda Flatt, her 8 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on the 9th of December 2023 (12/9/2023) at 11:00 am Mountain Time at Grace Lutheran Church (2700 S Kimball Ave Caldwell, Idaho 83605).

The family would like to thank the staff at Grace Memory Care as well as Dianna, Ryan, and George from All Care Hospice who were so kind and devoted, and who took excellent care of her. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or to your favorite charity.


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