Lorraine Reader



Lorraine F. (Brown) Reader, a native of Fresno County, passed away peacefully at home in Santa Cruz on May 22 from the effects of brain cancer. Born in 1947, she was 72.

Lorraine was one of six children born to Dudley Angle Brown and Frances E. (Sawyer) Brown in Clovis. As a teenager, Lorraine lived in both Bootjack and El Portal, and attended Mariposa County High School.

She later came to settle on the Central Coast, where daughters Sondra and Terri were born. Lorraine was introduced to future husband Phil Reader by a mutual friend, and the pair wed in 1978.

A favorite family activity was taking the kids camping during summer vacations on the Merced River at Briceburg, and visiting with Lorraine’s beloved twin aunts (Darlene and Arlene, proprietors of Kountry Kitchen) in Mariposa and Catheys Valley. Lorraine skillfully balanced raising five kids with her chosen profession as a job development coordinator at Project Hope in Santa Cruz.

Lorraine worked hard and accomplished her dream of owning a family business with the establishment of Lorraine Reader & Associates, a highly regarded food and product demonstration service. Her late husband was a published author and researcher whom Lorraine partnered with on numerous publications, research trips and living history presentations over the years.

We will all miss Lorraine’s winning smile, sardonic sense of humor, warm heart and altruistic generosity. Lorraine believed in the goodness of people, in helping others and lived a life of boundless devotion to family.

She is survived by her daughters, Kassondra Knight and Terri Woods, both of Santa Cruz; step-children, Joshua A. Reader of Bootjack, Jenny Reader and Johnna Coty, both of Santa Cruz; grandchildren, Desiree Steber, Allie Woods, Damon Woods, Zachary Reader, Elyse Coty, Aidan Coty and Ryan Brusca; several great-grandchildren; and sisters, Gloria Markam Brown, Rosie Helzer, Sharon Goswami and Chrystal Brown.

Lorraine was preceded in death by a brother, Dudley A. “Sonny” Brown, and her husband, Philip G. Reader.

Internment will be at Old Holy Cross Cemetery, Capitola Road Extension, in Santa Cruz, Calif.

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