Lorraine (Desiré) Shields
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On May 12, 2021, Lorraine (Desiré) Shields passed from this vale of tears into spirit paradise. Lorraine was born March 21, 1950, in Roosevelt, Utah, to Wallace Ralph and Geraldine Shields. She was reared in Roosevelt and chose it as her lifelong home. Her family appreciates the wonderful Roosevelt folks who treated her with loving kindness.
Lorraine was brilliant—full of fun, spunk, creativity and adventure. Musically gifted, she played the flute, piano, trumpet, saxophone and French horn. She had a remarkable memory for numerous poems and songs, which she loved to recite and sing.
Lorraine found endless humor in life’s rich pageant, and her family will sorely miss her laugh-filled daily calls. Lorraine was fiercely loyal, especially to her sons, Peter and Kenny. She was a proud grandmother of Conrad and Trent. Now she has been gathered to her loving, welcoming family in Heaven, leaving behind her loving, grieving family on Earth. Mother, sister, friend, mensch—the loss of her nurturing empathy and generosity is incalculable. Lorraine was always for the little guy. She loved and was loved unconditionally. She was, quite simply, the best of us.
Dostoevsky wrote, “There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.” Lorraine vanquished that dread. A childhood accident affected her life but did not destroy her life. Body and soul, she was courage itself. Scripture tells us the Father will forgive those who forgive others. Lorraine’s forgiveness was flawless. Forgiving and forgiven. We eagerly await seeing her again, shining—filled with Christ’s grace, glory and perfection—whole.
Lorraine joined her noble parents, sister, Rosemary Hood, and vast heavenly clan, all proclaiming, “Haste ye back.” She is survived by Peter (April) Litster, and his son, Conrad, as well as Kenny (Cynthia) Litster, and their son, Trent. Her sisters, Colleen (Jerry) Gardner, Joann Shields and Beverly (Brett) Thompson, and numerous nieces and nephews deeply mourn her sudden departure.
"Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die, . . . [a]nd it shall come to pass that those that die in me shall not taste of death, for it shall be sweet unto them . . . ." Doctrine and Covenants 42:45, 46.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hullinger Mortuary, 457 East 300 North, Roosevelt 84066. A viewing will be held that morning from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Roosevelt Memorial Park. The service will be live-streamed here and at the link below.
Please honor Lorraine’s legacy by being kinder than necessary.