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Lorraine F. Southern Newton passed away peacefully on February 10, 2022 in Gainesville, GA at the age of 93. As a wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother she is survived by her husband, Clarence L. Newton of Gainesville, GA; her sister, Yvonne Crawford of Missoula, MT; her son, Thomas H. Southern of Naples, FL; her daughter, Julie S. Carlisle of Gainesville, GA; her son, David J. Southern of Spring Hill, TN; as well as her grandchildren, Lacie Carlisle, Paul Carlisle, Darcy Southern, Molly Southern, Leah Southern; and great granddaughters, Charlize Carlisle and Calli Carlisle.
Lorraine was born March 16, 1928 in Syracuse, NY and spent her early life there until her high school years when her family began traveling to Miami, FL for the winter season. She then attended high school there as well as in Syracuse. Eventually she married Houston Southern in Miami and together they raised four children. Lorraine relocated to the Northeast GA area to be closer to family, where she met and married Clarence Newton for the final chapter of her life. Lorraine was a positive spirit who enjoyed life, people, and socializing; always warm, welcoming, and complimentary of others. As a capable, strong, independent, woman she served as a role model for many whose lives she touched. She held various positions throughout her life, but worked longest as a real estate agent in Gainesville, GA as well as Young Harris, GA. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed knitting, cooking, sewing and gardening. Her loving spirit will be carried on by those of us who knew and loved her.
A private celebration of her life will be held by her family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, PO Box 444, Hiawassee, Georgia 30546. Lorraine loved the Gardens and she and her husband walked them regularly while living in Young Harris, GA.
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