Lorraine Ann (Raymond) Barnum
1947 - 2007
"My Stargirl My Sweetheart"
grew up in Spokane, Washington. She was in junior high school
when Sputnik was launched to orbit. The great space race
was commenced between East and West.
The idea of exploring space fascinated Lorraine. This encouraged
her to take all the math and science her junior high school and
senior high school provided. She was intelligent, curious, creative,
motivated and since she had that spark that enables people to
do their best, she knew college and the sciences were for her.
Often in high school and college she would be the only female
in the harder classes. She obtained bachelor degrees in geology
and physical science and worked as an electronic technician to
get through college. She worked as a geologist in Texas analyzing
core samples. Later she earned a masters in electrical engineering.
This enabled her to fulfill her childhood dream. That dream was
to work with NASA in the exploration of the cosmos. She spent
the rest of her career in Huntsville, Alabama, the home of NASA’s
Marshall Space Flight Center in the pursuit of her dream. She
was dedicated, hard working, and could achieve results. When given
a task she excelled in its completion.
In her years of service in Huntsville she received many awards,
plaques, certificates, accolades and merit recognition. She was
a member of many professional organizations and civic clubs, from
the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE),
geology organizations, astronomy clubs, cancer support groups
and even to a musical dulcimer club. If one wanted a project to
succeed, Lorraine was a person they wanted on that team.
Lorraine had heard of services that would rocket cremated remains
to space and was intrigued with the idea. She was an avid Star
Wars, Star Trek and space science fiction fan. Since
she worked with space concepts, and thought and dreamed about
space, what a fitting memorial Space Services Inc. could provide.
She wanted to be cremated anyway and this service would be a relevant
commemoration and culmination of a space engineer’s dream.
Yes, she wanted that space rocket ride to orbit with even a small
portion of her cremated remains which could then become a shooting
star upon re-entry. What an apt memorial!
As her spouse I wanted to do all I could to help her complete
her dreams and aspirations. With the encouragement of family,
friends and Space Services her wishes will be carried out.
A quote she liked is “I am a spiritual being on an earthly
journey” and this typified her life.
God speed Lorraine for the rest of the journey!
“Yesterday is the past
Tomorrow is the future
Today is a gift
That is why it is called the Present.”
You are the “Rose of
Your loving husband, John