The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lorraine's Funeral Mass

Thank you so much friends and family for your condolences and sympathy upon hearing of my mother's passing. We have so greatly appreciated your kind words and support throughout her entire journey this year. We will be celebrating my mom's life at a Funeral Mass and reception in a few weeks. Details are below...

Lorraine's Funeral Mass

Monday, January 12th, 2009

10:00 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Main Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080

On Sun. Jan. 11th, there will be a visitation from 2-5 p.m. and a rosary at 4 p.m. to be held at "Hoyt Cole Chapel of the Flowers" in Red Bluff, CA.

I am currently working on a scholarship fund in my mother's name that would support students pursuing a degree in education, as well as existing teachers and classrooms in various school districts. I will post more information here as it becomes available.

Once again, thank you for your continued support throughout the past year. My mother's passing on Dec. 26th was exactly one year to the day from her neurosurgery last year in 2007. She was gracious, loving, and optimistic through her final days and I am so proud of her and how she lived her life. Thank you for sharing in her story, and for your support of our entire family. I so deeply appreciate your kindness.


emily said...

Denise, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I know it was expected but you and your family have so gracefully traveled this road together over the past months. The peace and assurance you have in the midst of her transition from living life here on earth to living life with her Creator...that peace is evident and such a testimony to truth. Thank you for sharing her with us. I will pray for you today.

Beth said...

Denise, on behalf of myself and my family, we want you to know how sorry we are about your mom's passing. I know this has been such a difficult year for you, but both you and your mom confronted it with a sense of gratitude and optimism that is amazing to all of us. I will try to call you later.

Love, Beth

Anonymous said...

Denise, Tom, and entire family,

Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this time. Thank you for sharing your journey for us all to read and remember the joys of life every day.
You are an amazing family and we are blessed to have you as friends.

God bless. And please call if you need anything.

Scott and Lorri Steer

Sue said...

I know that your mom will love the service you are putting together for her. Know that I wish I could be there, and will be in spirit. You remain in my prayers and in my heart.


DeClercq said...


I just heard a very touching Christmas Song on XM Radio today...Yes, I am still listening to Christmas Music! I wanted to share it with you. It is called Christmas Shoes by Newsong! You can Google it and watch the youtube Video of it! As I was listening to the words, It reminded me of your Mom! I think you'll like it.

Our love always,


glitzen said...

Your mother was an inspiration to so many, and probably WAY more people than you are aware of. I am so touched by her life, and by your handling of each challenge, worry, and sorrow as it came. I think I will remember your mom's sweet face and smile as long as I live, and I never had the honor of meeting her. I would have loved her humor, her grace, her unfailing faith and spirit.

hugs to you and your family, and many prayers will continue.

Kim said...

Thank you for all the details for the events next week. I will be available to help when needed. Just let me know. I am sure your mom would have been blessed to know how many people are showing their support and love to your family during this time.

I love the scholarship idea too! Perfect!

Love you all-

Anita said...

Denise, I began reading your blog about 10 days ago, and I was touched by the great love and respect you had for your mom and in fulfilling all her final wishes. I am sorry to hear of her passing, but it sounds appears that she was loved and peaceful as she made her way Home.
I've been keeping you all in my prayers and thinking of you.
Thank you for sharing your mom's life and legacy with so many.
Take care of yourself and your family, and wishing you peace.

Kim said...

Denise, I am glad to know that I can plan on coming to the visitation on Jan. 11th.
Also, I loved what Emily said; those were thoughts exactly! I know that your mom and dad would be so proud of you.
kim l.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I will be thinking of your family on the day of the funeral.

I grew up in Yuba City just a stones throw from Red Bluff.