December 2, 1922 - July 15, 2017
Maude Lorraine Carson Mosley Gundersen, 94, died July 15, 2017 in Nampa. Lorraine was born December 2, 1922, in Ontario, Oregon, the oldest child of Claude Loran Carson and Mary Siddy Rutherford.
She married J.B. (Jy) Mosley in Parma, Idaho, in 1940. Two children, Jonathan Baker (Jack) and Linda Lee, were born while they were living on a sheep ranch north of Vale, Oregon. Lorraine and Jy divorced in 1945.
She met James Peter Gundersen at a dance in Cairo Junction, Oregon, and they were married in 1949. The family moved to Nampa, Idaho, where Lorraine lived until her death.
Lorraine graduated from Northwest Nazarene College, Summa Cum Laude, in 1961. She then taught at Nampa High School, leaving in 1972 for Borah High, where she taught until her retirement in 1986. A lifelong learner, she continued her education on fellowships at University of Nevada, University of Texas, University of Oslo in Norway, and University of Hawaii. She traveled the world, visiting France with her daughter and China with her son.
Lorraine was active in community organizations, among them PTA, Idaho Journalism Advisers, League of Women Voters, Retired Teachers Association, AARP, Friends of the Library, Pet Haven, and book clubs in Nampa and Boise. Governor Andrus appointed her to the Board of Examiners of Residential Care Facility Administrators. A fervent Democrat, she worked to elect many candidates. She was elected State President of the League of Women Voters in 1955.
Lorraine is survived by her daughter Linda Mosley Steinberger and Gary Hawk of Nampa and Gary's daughter, Salie Anne Henry of Dallas, Texas; daughter-in-law Mary Mosley; granddaughter Stephanie Gibbons and husband Loyal; grandson Brent Foster and wife Cindy; grandson Ben Mosley and wife KC; great granddaughters Andrea Gibbons-Moore and husband Brady; Erin Gibbons and partner Matt Sam; great grandson Chase Foster; great granddaughter Adley Mosley; sisters, Teri Fray and Jeri Carson of Vail, Colorado, many nieces and nephews, and her dear friend Cindy Anderson, who took loving care of her.
Lorraine was predeceased by her parents, her husband James, her son Jack Mosley, and her brother George William Carson.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Ave. So. – 442-8171 at 10:00 am Monday, July 24, 2017. A complete obituary and guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pet Haven, P.O. Box 481, Nampa, ID 83653; Idaho Public Television, 1455 N. Orchard St., Boise, ID 83706-2239 or the Nampa Senior Center, 207 Constitution Way, Nampa, ID 83686.
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 23, 2017