Lorraine Charlton, aged 85, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2023. She was born on May 31, 1937, in Madison, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harmon and Thelma Mallory, and her husband of 58 years, John Charlton.
Lorraine was known for her cooking and gardening skills, and her quick wit. She had a caring nature and could crack a smile on most she met. She attended and graduated from Radford College with a background in education and spent a majority of her time as an active member of the glee club.
She began her teaching career in Madison, Virginia, and after marrying the love of her life, Jack Charlton, she continued her teaching in Henrico County. She took time off from education with the birth of her daughter Cindy. After Cindy entered sixth grade, she decided to re-enter the educational field as a substitute teacher. She spent most of her time at Echo Lake and Pemberton Elementary schools, with very few days off. She made certain classrooms were organized, and papers were graded.
Lorraine also served as the past president of the Goochland Chapter of the American Cancer Society. She was a very active member of Second Baptist Church helping with the youth program, teaching vacation Bible school, and singing soprano in the church choir. Two years ago, she moved to Washington, Utah, to be closer to her daughter and her family. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Cindy Matejka, her husband, John, and the greatest joy of her life, her grandson, Matthew.
She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Colin and Betty Mallory; their sons, Steven and his wife Kelly, Anthony; and his great-niece and nephew, Megan and Travis. Special thanks to the staff at Primrose Assisted Living in Utah, especially Kathleen Edwards, mom's nurses Annie and Alana, and her former nurse Marianne.
The family would also like to extend their gratitude to Sunrise Ridge Intermediate’s faculty and families for their support, kindness, and friendship during this difficult journey. The family is eternally grateful to the new friends she has made while being in their care in the great state of Utah. Special thanks are extended to Zions Way Hospice as they helped Lorraine find her way home. Services are in the process of being made.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to leave a memory on Lorraine’s obituary page at www.spilsburymortuary.com