December 15, 2022

Aletha Lorraine Butler Chase

was born on the family homestead

southwest of Limon in 1932. She

passed away Sept. 11, 2022 in

Bellingham, Wash.

Lorraine was the fourth child born

to Daniel and Alice (Moser) Butler.

As the baby girl of the family, she

enjoyed being spoiled by everyone

for a couple of years until her

brother Rickey was born, followed

by another five siblings that I’m sure

caused her much grief. Lorraine

attended school at the Lincoln School

southeast of Matheson. When the

family moved to Limon in 1946, she

attended the Limon School.

Lorraine met and married a Kansas

rancher, Jack Chase when she was

17, possibly happy to escape the

demanding brothers and sisters she

helped take care of. She and Jack

moved to his family ranch close to

Council Grove, Kansas. She lived

a happy life, helping on the ranch,

taking care of the cattle and raising

their two children, Jackie Mignon,

and Lyman Daniel. Jack went

into the irrigation business, selling

irrigation equipment. The job

required moving often, taking the

family to Texas, Colorado and back

to Kansas.

After the children were grown,

Lorraine started waitressing at

several prominent places, but her

favorite was the Holladome in

Kansas City. She and Jack were

divorced around this time. Lorraine

always made time to come to

Colorado to see her Mom and Dad

and ornery siblings, but by then, she

looked forward to it!

When her two children settled in

Washington State she went there and

made her home as well as a name

for herself, singing with bands in the

Bellingham, Wash. area and making

lots of friends along the way. She

loved getting dressed up (and always

wore her stilettos) no matter what.

She still insisted on wearing her

high heels when she was 90, and she

could wear them with class!

Lorraine was a member of the

American Legion, VFW and the

Eagles. Her family was always so

proud of her and would take her to

sing when she couldn’t drive due to

her health.

Lorraine was preceded in death by

her parents; her children’s father,

Jack; her son Lyman (L.D.) and

granddaughter Elizabeth Chase;

sisters, Willma Olesen, Charlotte

Smiley, Carole Coakley and Connie

Lyle; brothers, Cecil Butler and

Rickey Butler.

She is survived by her daughter

Jackie Bailey, grandchildren, Angel,

Kerry, Kyle, Alexandra and Jacob,

great grandchildren and great,

great grandchildren. Sister, Joan

(Dan) Doll, Eddie Butler and Brad

(Barbara) Butler. Many nieces and

nephews, and the family of friends

she met along the way, especially

her best friend, Linda Sweeney and

all her family in Kansas City.

Lorraine had great faith and knew

she’d see her heavenly family again

one day!

She was cremated and her ashes

will be scattered in a place of her

choosing next summer.