Mrs. Lorene Marie (Derrick) Frink passed away peacefully in Covington, WA on April 2, 2017 at the age of 86 with her family at her side. Lorene suffered from the disease of Alzheimer's during the last decade of her life.
Lorene is survived by her son Stuart Frink and his wife Kristi of Kent, WA; their three daughters Alexandra, Shaylee (and her husband Seth Graham and their two children Jace and Zoey), and Amber Bouchard (and her daughter, Alexia).
Lorene is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Gayle Frink-Schulz and her husband Randy Schulz of Sammamish, WA; Gayle's children Kari Brown (and her husband Aaron and daughter Chloe) of Kalispell, MT; Christian Frink and his fiancÚ Grace Flora of Spokane, WA; and Randy's daughter Elizabeth Schulz of Seattle, WA.
She is survived by two siblings Phyllis Fleming of Mountain Home, AR and Nelda Raasch of Auburn, WA.
Lorene is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Gordon V. Frink, who passed in 2006 and her eldest son, Steven L. Frink, who died in the line of duty in 1993 as a motor trooper with the Washington State Patrol.
Lorene was born on December 18, 1930 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Victor and Amelia Derrick. Lorene graduated from Norfolk Senior High in 1949. Lorene worked in town at the local Woolworth's and enjoyed spending time with friends at the roller rink. There she met Gordon and they fell in love. Lorene married Gordon on June 20, 1953 after he returned home from military service oversees. They lived in Nebraska before moving to the state of Washington, where they purchased property in 1959. They remained there until their passing. Gordon worked as an automotive mechanic. Gordon passed in 2006 while at home doing what he loved. The couple welcomed their two children Steven in 1954 and Stuart in 1967. Lorene's children remember her as a sweet, kind, gentle and compassionate mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals and their hearts.
Lorene loved her family deeply and focused everything around them. Lorene was a thoughtful and caring wife and mother. Her love for the Lord guided her principles and her life as a giving, compassionate soul. She donated her time to the American Legion, Friendly Neighbors Club and to scholarships for high school girls bound for college. Lorene enjoyed the ocean and walks in the forest. When younger, she dreamed of seeing Carlsbad Caverns, which came to fruition in 2003. Taking the elevator down into the caves she walked in wonder, watching the bats fly out at sundown. She was an active and dedicated member of Kent Lutheran Church before her battle with Alzheimer's made it too difficult. Both her boys were blessed by her love of the Lord and her dedication to service.
A life celebration is scheduled on April 12th, 2017 at Marlatt's Funeral Home in Kent, WA. Pastor Dave McBroom of Solid Rock Community Church will officiate; all are welcome to attend and celebrate the legacy of Lorene's life. Viewing is from 09:00 till 11:00 am, service at 11:00 am, followed by internment at 1:15 pm at Tahoma National Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Ruthaven for their care and love during Lorene's last days, making her life brighter and more bearable in her times of confusion and fear. Her family would also like to thank the Hospice Staff from Franciscan for their compassion.
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