Lorraine Reece of Sherwood, Oregon passed away peacefully after a long illness on the evening of July 31, 2018. Lorraine was born in 1933 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Rowe and Madge Noe. She grew up in humble circumstances during the Great Depression and World War II. From an early age, she knew what it meant to work hard. She taught herself to bake, to sew and play the piano—skills which would prove important later in life. At age 12, Lorraine and her sister Delores attended Bible camp for the first time and understood what it meant to be saved by God’s grace. At that point, they made a decision to follow Christ and to give their lives to missionary service. That passion never waned, and Lorraine later attended Bob Jones University, graduating with a Bible and education degree. This is also where she met her future husband, Taylor Reece. Upon her arrival to Japan, she was required to study the Japanese language before she was permitted to marry Taylor. This motivated her to finish the two-year language program in just one year! After their marriage in 1955 Taylor and Lorraine served together as TEAM missionaries for 45 years. Lorraine used her skills in baking, sewing, teaching, and music to build relationships with people and to establish many evangelical churches throughout Japan. Upon her retirement in 1999, she stayed active in serving God through various ministries at her church. She spent her last three years at Avamere of Sherwood, where she lived out her faith in God and was surrounded by people who loved her.
Lorraine is survived by her son Tim Reece (and Julie) of Lake Oswego, Oregon, by her son Steve Reece (and Rhonda) of Northfield, Minnesota, by her daughter Debbie May (and Gerald) of Tokyo, Japan, by her daughter Becky Goold of Tigard, Oregon, by twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on August 14 at Mountain Park Church in Lake Oswego. Memorials may be made to Mountain Park Church (40 McNary Parkway, Lake Oswego, Oregon).