Lorraine Fox Howard

1932 ~ 2023

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Lorraine Fox Howard, our sweet Mother and Grandma Rainy passed away January 30, 2023 just in time to be with her forever sweetheart, our wonderful dad Don (Donald Eugene Howard) and her son, our brother Mike (who both preceded her in death) to celebrate her 91st birthday. Lorraine was born January 31, 1932 in Richfield, Utah to Joseph Olsen Fox and Jessie Marie Barnson. Her parents and siblings Olene, Gwen, Joannie, Porter, Don, and Cleve also preceded her in death.

Mom was a multi-talented, self-taught, avid learner who loved to be busy, growing and accomplishing new goals, projects and achievements every day. Rainy was a gifted artist, poet, seamstress, caregiver, creative chef, golfer, super fan, loving friend and caring confidant to everyone. Many grandchildren would ask Grandma Rainy to help them with school projects or suggestions to a problem. She dearly loved her precious grandchildren and would do or give anything for or to them. She took up golf so she could enjoy extra special time with Dad even to the point of being able to beat him at his game. Rainy was passionate and genuine in all she believed, a fighter for the right. She loved animals, birds, all dogs and Muffy!

Our mother taught us to embrace faith, work hard, give generously, serve others and openly share what we have. We are grateful for her unwavering faith in prayer and strong testimony of her Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. Mom prayed personally and vocally saying, “Dear Lord: Forgive me, help me and bless all my children and grandchildren.” She served in many Church positions throughout her life but especially enjoyed ministering to families and sisters in her community. Rainy cherished and loved all her dear, kind friends at Legacy. Rainy was everyone’s friend.

Our mother met Dad, her best friend, dancing partner, and only true love, in middle school. They married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on September 30, 1950. They had six children: Linda (Kent) Curtis, Brian (Diana), Mike, Diane (David) Noble, Jess, and Carrie (Tony) Cheshier. Grandma Rainy adored their 22 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren,10 great-great grandchildren, and 20 in-law grandchildren that she counted as her own. She was proud of us all.

A celebration funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, February 3, 2023, at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah with a viewing from 12:30 to 1:30pm prior to the service. Rainy will be laid to rest at Larkin Sunset Gardens immediately following the funeral. If you would like to watch the recorded services online, please click the blue “Watch Services” above.

We are grateful for all who cared for our Mother and dearly loved her.


My memories of Rainy are all so positive; loving and kind, she adored her family and was so proud of every family member. She had a wonderful life, and will be sorely missed.

- Tina Howard

You always treated me as one of your own! I have so many fond memories of you over the years. One of my very favorite memories is when you taught Mindy and I self defense at the airport while we waited for her flight. You were always full of endless energy and kind words. I loved hearing your stories and you always made me feel loved and special. Your pecan pie was to die for. ♥️ My son will always remember you as the sit-up grandma. You were always so enthusiastic when my daughter would perform for you and it meant so much to her that you were so kind and praised her so much. We will miss you, but are so grateful for the memories we have and that you are spending your birthday with Don. I know that reunion is sweet .
Love ya,

- Tasha

My sweet Grandma Rainy was a treasure. All the grandkids thought they were her favorite. She made everyone feel special. We felt like honorary guests at her house, and her meals were amazing. She taught me to type...with her actual typewriter. She wrote the letters on the tops of my fingers with a marker. I think of her every time I use that skill. She always had freshly vacuumed carpets, and then was always apologizing about the carpets because they were so old. They looked pristine. She was the best ping pong player. SuPeR fEiStY. She was energetic and passionate. She truly made people feel like she CARED ...for or against them, haha. She was mostly a lover, unless she felt there was an injustice...then she was a fighter. She would definitely speak up for what she felt was right. She was one-of-a-kind, with quick wit and laugh-out-loud humor. She was fun to be around. Her presence was comforting and will be very missed.

- Mindy (Howard) McDowell

I live at Legacy Retirement in South Jordan, where Rainy was a resident, and we quickly became very good friends. She always told the funniest stories. The thing I loved most about her was that she could be the sweetest, most generous person in the world, then minutes later, be upset and on the defensive over the smallest little grievance. More often than not, however, she was an absolute delight to be around, and she made everyone feel important and cared for. She will certainly be missed. A rare, one of-a-kind human being.

- Jeffrey Redmond