Lorraine F. Firebaugh

Oscoda, Michigan
April 10, 1929 - November 1, 2018

Service Location

Oscoda Baptist Church - Oscoda, Michigan


Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 11 am at the Oscoda Baptist Church

Obituary Notice

Lorraine Frances (Creath) Firebaugh of Oscoda, age 89, entered the Kingdom of
Heaven on November 1, 2018, dying peacefully at home with her family by her side.

Lorraine was born April 10, 1929, in Charleston, Illinois. She graduated from Mattoon High School in 1947 and from Eastern Illinois University in 1951 with a four-year teaching degree. While in college she met David Raymond Firebaugh of Champaign, Illinois, who had served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married on April 17, 1949. The couple lived for a brief time in Amarillo, Texas, before making their permanent home in Oscoda in 1957, where David worked for the Civil Service as a jet engine mechanic instructor at Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Lorraine joined the staff at Oscoda Area Schools, joyfully teaching two kindergarten classes a day until her retirement nearly 30 years later. For the rest of her life, she was regularly approached by former students who wanted to say “hello” and “thank you” to their first teacher.

At the time of her death, Lorraine was the longest tenured member of the Oscoda Baptist Church. Her unwavering Christian faith was an inspiration to many, as was her boundless generosity. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed quilting, collecting antiques and jewelry, watching the Detroit Tigers (often with a bowl of cheesy popcorn and a Boston terrier on her lap), and drinking cup after cup of hot black coffee, but her most dedicated hobby was delighting in the company and activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Everyone who knew her will miss her laughter and her love.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, her sister Leona Rose Muessman, her parents Leroy Richard and Bernadine Frances (Jenkins), and her much-loved Grandma Rose Jenkins. She is remembered by her son David Richard and his wife MaryAnn (Miska) of Oscoda; daughter Francis and her husband Glenn Carnes of Georgetown, Texas; and grandchildren David (Lisa) Carnes, Sara Firebaugh (David O’Meara), John (Angie) Carnes, and Amanda (David) Allen. Also 10 great-grandchildren: Gabby; Sappha, Edith, Finn, and Lui; Seamus, Shannon, and Johnny; and Hattie; and many more relatives and dear friends.

Lorraine was laid to rest at a private family service at Pinecrest Cemetery. All friends and loved ones are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of Lorraine’s life on Saturday, November 24, at 11 am at the Oscoda Baptist Church. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Oscoda Baptist Church (5589 North U.S. 23, Oscoda, MI 48750) or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Oscoda Baptist Church (5589 North U.S. 23, Oscoda, MI 48750) or a charity of your choice.


Oscoda Pinecrest Cemetery


Sincere condolences to the family. She was a faithful friend, a wonderful teacher and a true Christian. Rest in Peace Lorraine.
— Catherine Dykes
What a lovely obituary that "painted the picture" of a woman who was a faith filled prayer warrior, lived a full generous life and was loved by all. My heartfelt sympathy to Amanda Allen and your entire family.
— Tina Cook
She was a true blue person of kindness, and never had a bad word to say. I mowed her lawn as an teenager, attended her church, and she was always someone you wanted to be around: she never had a bad thing to say. I have not been to Oscoda much recent years, but I will always remember her warm and friendly conversations. My condolences to Fran and Richard at their loss. She will be missed.
— Michael Brandt

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