Lorraine Alice Vis passed away on November 16, 2021, after a short battle with colon cancer at The Gables Assisted Living Center. Lorraine was born on July 10, 1926, in Todd County, a mostly Dutch community in South Dakota to Ira and Alice Noteboom. She was the 8th out of 11 children. She worked hard on the family farm from helping milk the cows to helping prepare the thrashing meals for the farm crews. The family had some fun times sharing homemade ice cream and occasionally sitting around and playing musical instruments and singing. Lorraine had the ability to play the piano by ear and was often sought out by the young people in the area to play for them at a house dance party. On one of those occasions, her soon to be husband, Leonard Vis was smitten. They were married February 7, 1946 and went on to celebrate 70 years of marriage before Leonard’s passing in 2016. Lorraine and Leonard were baptized at the Caldwell First Christian Church in April of 1972.
Lorraine’s family moved to Meridian in 1946 and Lorraine and Leonard followed them settling in the Caldwell area. It was then Leonard and Lorraine began their first business; Leonard hauling 10 gallon milk cans and Lorraine keeping the books. They bought the Middleton School Buses in 1965 and ran that business until 2018 watching it grow from 6 to over 40 buses.
Lorraine was the matriarch of the family doing anything for them. She was a humble woman with immeasurable talents. She excelled at everything she put her mind to. She played piano, sang in the church choir, had beautiful penmanship, wrote poems, was a bookkeeper, a reviewer of homework and college essays, sewed clothes, made wonderful denim and flannel blankets, did beautiful crewel and counted cross stitch pictures, made countless crocheted afghans, bowled, and made the most awesome meals and treats the whole family loved including homemade ice cream, popcorn balls, snickerdoodles and frosted sugar cookies. She made the best potato salad. She loved her home and made everyone welcome. Nothing pleased her more than when the entire family was together. When she made one of her delicious meals, Lorraine would often say “Vreet je maar op, het smaakt je lekker” which translates in Dutch to “Eat it all up because it is delicious!”
Lorraine is survived by her sister Ruth (Jerry) Potter, her son, Steve (Elena) Vis, her daughter Debra Vis (Kevin Harris), her grandsons: Scott (Amy) Campbell, Doug (Frankie) Campbell, Nathan (Jayne) Vis, Travis (Alison) Williams, and Zeb (Michelle) Williams, her granddaughters: Shantell (Matt) Mullanix, and Hailey (Jeremy) Anderson, her great grandchildren: Dyllen (Brooke), Bryanna and TJ- Taylar Campbell, Taylor (Shawn) Miller, Cory, Trevin and Madden Mullanix, Malia, Brody and Ruby Vis, Lucy Vis-Shaw, and Lila, Dayna, Aubri, Bella, Karli, Zane, Lillian, Dakota and Payton Williams, great-great grandchildren: Haydyn, Eli and Lana Campbell and Henry Miller. She is also survived by extended family members, Ed Campbell and Mary Vis and many nieces, nephew and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, nine of her siblings and their spouses, her beloved daughter Sheryl Campbell and the love of her life, Leonard.
The family is grateful for the wonderful compassionate care Lorraine received by the entire staff at The Gables Assisted Living. They each made her last months the best they could be.
Donations can be made to the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity, Class of 1978 P O Box 122, Caldwell ID, 83606-0122 or the Southwest Idaho Legacy Organization, P O Box 1358, Caldwell ID 83606-1358 or your favorite charity.
A viewing will be held Monday, November 22, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. also at Dakan Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 11/23/2021 at 12:55 PM, Mountain Standard Time.
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