Lorraine Valmassoi

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Lorraine Valmassoi

Lorraine Valmassoi passed away peacefully and went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 19, 2017.  She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and wonderful friend to many. She was diagnosed just prior to her passing with a rare form of bone marrow cancer. She was 86 years old and had a wonderful, long, and blessed life.


Sweet Lorraine will be fondly remembered by her adoring husband Tully, daughter Kathy (Lee), son Terry (Elaine), and her grandchildren Hailey (Michael), Taylor (Thu), Robert, and James. Lorraine’s brother John Dooley(Sydney) and sister Peggy DiLeva (Ralph). Lorraine was pre deceased by her parents Alice and John Dooley, and her brother Milton Dooley.


Lorraine was born in Port Townsend, Washington, on May 1, 1931, where she fell in love with the piano at a young age. She moved with her family to Southern California when she was 13. She graduated from Montebello high school. She met her husband Tully at the Methodist church youth group. They married on March 29, 1953.

Lorraine and Tully were marred for 65 years, and their love grew more deeply with each year they spent together. They were an incredible example of true love and friendship. She enjoyed being a homemaker, while raising her two children in Hacienda Heights, California. Lorraine loved to entertain family and friends. She was quick to throw a party together and welcomed everyone with open arms. She taught piano lessons at home, and served at church as an organist for many years. At the age of 40 she went back to school and received a bachelor’s degree in music from Cal State Fullerton. This lead to a long career as a music teacher, where both teachers and students loved her talent and enthusiasm. She was an inspiration!

Lorraine and Tully moved to their favorite place, Palm Desert, CA, where they both worked in education until their retirement. They will always treasure their many great memories of Deep Canyon Tennis Club, where they owned a condo for over 40 years. Lorraine enjoyed the Palm Springs Air Museum with Tully. She also loved to visit The Living Desert with her grandchildren. They lived there until moving to the Chateau retirement home in Bothell, WA in July 2016 to be close to their daughter.

Lorraine loved cooking family favorites, sewing, painting, reading, and crossword puzzles. Lorraine was energetic, and took Jazzercise classes well into her 80´s. She was involved for many years in the P.E.O. organization, which helped raise college tuition for women. She volunteered at SongShine, where she played piano for patients that suffered with Parkinson´s disease as well as stroke, and other neurological disorders. This group staged elaborate musicals starring the patients, and Lorraine assisted with rehearsals and productions. Music was her joy, and she spread this loving light to all of those who heard her music. Many were touched and transformed by her recitals, concerts, musical performances, and bell choir, as well as her breaking out into song on a daily basis. This was Lorraine, Tully would call her his pied piper.

Lorraine was a blessing to all. She cared deeply for her family. She was always willing to give of herself and lend a hand. She was quick to make a new friend and treasured her lifelong friendships. Lorraine knew how to love. She gave us all love. In I Corinthians 13 it speaks of the kind of love Christ calls us to have.

Lorraine lived out this love to all.

You will be missed.


In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to the Songshine foundation, 2115 Cascade Court, Anacortes,  WA. 98221 or online at songshineforparkinsons.com

8 Responses to “Lorraine Valmassoi”

  • Steve and Robyn Fisher says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you Terry and Elaine and all of the Valmassoi Family. Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman who lived a life full of family, love and music. We should all be so fortunate!
    Our deepest sympathy, Robyn and Steve

  • LT, Pete and Casey Riddle says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time. Lorraine was a wonderful person who inspired the best in those who were fortunate to have known her. Hugs and love to all. What a wonderful tribute for Lorraine.

  • Gloria and Giannino Tonellli says:

    To all the family, and to Tully, our most heartfelt and sincere condolences.
    I met Lorraine years ago, when she and Tully became engaged and I could see that this was going to be a match made in heaven. Lorraine was generous, loving and considerate. She expressed her joy of life and spread it to all who knew her. Her love for Tully, and he for Lorraine, was sincere and genuine and wonderful to behold. Her lovely and radiant smile will be missed by all.

  • Erin Lazoff says:

    A beautiful tribute to a life well live. May Lorraine enjoy the peace and comfort of heaven. Thoughts with all of you.
    With love and sympathy,
    Tom and Erin

  • Phyllis Lorenzen says:

    We lived across the street from each other on Latchford Ave. Hacienda Hits. We hit it off immediately as we both had the same interests, such as sewing classes, art classes, and so on. We were as close as sisters and she truly be missed.The Bible tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We will meet again Lorraine one day. Hugs and Kisses to you and all your dear family. God Bless. Phyllis Lorenzen

  • Irene YAGHOUBIAN says:

    Precious Lorraine and I met at SongShine
    Several years ago and it was sisterly love at first sight. We were kindred spirits. She always had good words of encouragement from our Heavenly Father. She was an inspiration To all she knew and loved her husband and family so much. She always had a big smile on her face which lit up he room. I am blessed to know that someday I will meet her in Heaven and spend eternity with her. She will be greatly missed. I pray God will fill her family with His Peace!!!

  • Judy Foster says:

    Lorraine gave so much to Deep Canyon Tennis Club.

    We hated to see Lorraine and Tully move away and are saddened to hear of her passing.

    She was a delight and Deep Canyon residents were blessed with her sharing of her musical talents and friendship with us.

  • Connie & Robert says:

    What a treasure this World has lost. However, Heaven just got quite a bit brighter and happier. Lorraine was truly one of the sweetest people God ever put on this earth. I know personally as she put up with giving me my piano lessons. So many wonderful memories.
    Tully, Kathy, and Terry, our hearts go out to you. As difficult as this time is, you have the assurance she is where she belongs. She is now part of that Heavenly Choir.
    Connie & Robert

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