Lorraine (Green) Wight, 98, passed away of natural causes on July 9th at her home in Meridian, Idaho where she had moved in 2014 to be closer to family. Lorraine was born to Marie Elizabeth and Vier Peterson in Idaho Falls, Idaho, at the home of her paternal grandparents, Olaf Erastus Peterson and Isabelle Andrews Peterson.
She grew up on the family cattle and hay ranch, west of Hamer, Idaho and graduated from Hamer High School. Following graduation, she worked in Rexburg and Pocatello for the Social Security Administration before moving to Salt Lake City to join her brother and sister. She worked her way through the University of Utah as a ticket agent for Western Airlines, and she graduated with a B.S. degree in Speech and Radio.
After graduation, Lorraine was working in the Office of the President of the University of Utah when she met law student James B. Green. They were married in 1951 and moved to Pocatello where he established a law practice. She taught speech and drama at Pocatello High School for several years until the birth of her first child. She was a Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Leader and for 15 years, she volunteered for the American League of Women Voters for many years, serving on both the local and state boards. More recently, she did publicity for the Pocatello Art Center and served on their board, as well as on the board of the Pocatello Art Council. Lorraine was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and the BJ Chapter of the PEO. She was in real estate sales for a number of years. Her 30-year marriage ended in divorce.
In 1983, she was married to Dr. Dennis L. Wight in Lakeside, Montana. She and Denny spent all their summers in Bigfork, Montana on Flathead Lake, happily hosting near-constant family visits. They also travelled extensively, both domestically and abroad. She has been on all five continents.
Lorraine was an avid and skilled watercolor artist. Her other hobbies included golf, tennis, reading, playing bridge, playing the piano and enjoying family. She was a loving grandmother who was always ready with gingerbread house projects for her many grandchildren at Christmas. Lorraine had a great love of the Idaho and Montana mountains, and she kept a life-long record of wildflowers she'd seen – all frequent subjects of her paintings.
Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Nancy G. and son-in-law, Stewart Alford of Eagle; her son, J. Bart and daughter-in-law, Mary Helen Green of Meridian; grandson Nicholas N. Green of Meridian; granddaughter Diana M. Green Grkovic (George) of Tacoma; great grandson James Bartlett Green, V of Meridian; her sister, Iris Peterson Copin (Ray) of Redmond, Washington; niece, Pamela J. Peterson (Chuck Guilford) of Boise; nephew, Kent Peterson (Terri) of Maryland; nieces, Cindy Harding (Brent) and Charlotte Patterson (Mark) of Bellevue, Washington; niece, Anne Wicher (Ed) and nephew, Michael W. Bean (Deb) of Idaho Falls; step-daughter Kay Morgan and step-son Russ Wight (DeAnn) of Salt Lake City; seven grandchildren and their spouses and 17 great grandchildren on the Wight side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Dennis Wight; her brother, Erle V. Peterson and her sister-in-law Rosemary Peterson; and her granddaughter, Sierra Ashley Bush.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the many employees of Touchmark and Keystone Hospice for the professional and compassionate care given to Lorraine.
Burial will be private in Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise. Memorial donations may be made to The Pocatello Art Center or The Sierra Bush Scholarship Fund at Meridian Technical High School.