Helen Lorraine McDonald

Aug. 18, 2018 — Helen Lorraine McDonald, 84, of Wheatland, Mo., formally of Florence, passed away Aug. 6, 2018, at Hermitage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Aug 21, 1933 in Livermore Iowa to Mildred (Miner)and  Elwood Hansen.

She graduated from Livermore High School and married Charles Edward Whelchel  in 1952, in Iowa, and then settled in Whittier Calif. They  had three children together: Lawrence “Lonny” Whelchel, Linda Cheryl (Tillota) and Lowell Bryce Whelchel.

Divorced in 1962, Lorraine pursued a career in banking as a teller, worked at a plant where Corning cookware was manufactured — all while attending college to earn her degree in cosmetology and raising three children as a single mom.

She graduated from beauty college and went right to work as a beautician at various salons in southern Calif.

She met Donald “Don” Mcdonald in 1967 and, after a brief courtship, they married in Reno on July 6 of that year.

They had 36 years together before Don’s passing in 2003 at age 72. Upon her marriage to Don, the family moved and settled in Folsom, Calif., where she opened her own beauty shop until the family decided to move to Florence in 1969.

She worked at a few salons before she opened Lorraine’s Beauty Salon in Florence for many years with a vast client base in the community.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Alvin; a sister, Eloise (Turner); as well as her second husband, Don.   

She is survived by her three children: Lonny of Eugene, Ore.; Linda of San Diego, Calif.; and Lowell of San Ramone, Calif.; her grandchildren: Corey Whelchel of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Tyler Whelchel of Junction City, Ore.; Kendal Whelchel of Eugene; and Connor Steven Whelchel of Florence; and a great-grandchild, Noah.

Along with her biological family, she also leaves an extended family and friends that were close to her for many years in Wheatland, Hermitage and Bolivar, Mo.

Final Interment will be at a later date at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Scott, Wisc.


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