Lorraine Alice (Nielsen) Barton

Lorraine Alice (Nielsen) Barton

Mar 18, 1932 – Sep 9, 2017

Preceded in death by parents, Martin and Alice (Larsen) Nielsen; sister and brother-in-law, Dolores and Willis Armbrust; son-in-law, Stan Livingston.  Survived by daughters, Sonja Loar (Steve) of Newton, MA, and Sheri Livingston of Plano, TX; son, Eric Barton (Noreen Rathslag) of Highland Park, IL; four grandchildren: Peter and Anna Loar, Corissa and Enoch Livingston; brother, Martin Nielsen (Diana) of Omaha.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 14th from 5pm to 7pm at Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Mortuary, Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd.  MEMORIAL SERVICE Friday, Sept. 15th at 11am at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood.  Graveside Service Friday, 1:30pm, Mount Hope Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to University of Nebraska Foundation, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508 or online at www.nufoundation.org (to support scholarships for future teachers majoring within the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences).


Lorraine Alice Nielsen was born on March 18, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Alice and Martin Nielsen.  As a youth, Lori was active in 4-H. As an adult, she introduced her daughters to 4-H, leading a neighborhood club for which the Douglas County Fair was the highlight.  She graduated from Benson High School (1949), where she was a cheerleader, Class Treasurer, and Homecoming Queen, as well as being active in the Student Council, Junior Red Cross, Benson High News, Girls O-Club, GAA, Girls Rifle Club, Cottontails, Green Peppers, Baton Twirlers, and tennis.  While a student at UNL, she met Bruce Barton on a blind date.  Having completed two years of Teacher’s College, she started working as a teacher in a one-room school house in 1951, and on June 1, 1952, she and Bruce were married. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Teaching.  Bruce and Lori moved to Kearney, Nebraska, where Sonja and Sheri were born, and in 1961 they moved to Omaha, where Eric was born.

Lori was active in Dundee Presbyterian Church, PEO, Daughters of the Nile, Republicans, and was a founding member of the Omaha Assistance League.  She loved travel, her bridge groups, attending Nebraska games, and productions at the Omaha Playhouse.

Family was important to Lori, and she was so proud of her Danish heritage.  After church on Sundays, the family spent time “on the Armbrust farm” with her mother and sister’s family.  Holidays were always spent with large family groups, for which she enjoyed providing “Lori’s special dinner rolls.” She was ecstatic to become a grandmother, and shortly after, she obtained her custom license plate: “IMA GRAM.”  She was a loving Nana to four grandchildren and mother of three.





  • Becky Schaffner Posted September 12, 2017 1:54 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Lori’s passing. I worked with her at the Omaha Marriott and she always talked so much about her kids and grandkids. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. She was such a fun person!

    • Bonnie zipf Posted September 12, 2017 5:09 pm

      Lori was a very dear friend of mine. We met some 26 years ago when I was livening in Omaha. Even though I moved we keep in touch. I could non ask for a lovelier more sweet special friend ..I will miss her lovely smile every day! God bless all you children as she loved you dearly

      • Bonnie Posted September 22, 2017 10:00 am

        Thanks for your note. I know you meant SO much to her. She had a special place in her heart for you. Hugs.

    • Becky Posted September 22, 2017 10:04 am

      Thank you Becky. She loved that place!! All the stories of people who she worked with and those famous folks that came in too!! Thank you for caring.

  • Melissa Marlin Brouillette Posted September 13, 2017 8:22 am

    My sincerest condolences to Lori’s family. Please know that we are celebrating her life and sending good thoughts!

    • Melissa Posted September 22, 2017 10:05 am

      Thank you so much. She was a great friend to all.

  • Laura Devries Whale Posted September 13, 2017 11:14 am

    My warmest condolences extended to the Barton family with the passing of Mrs. Lori Barton….she was just like a mother to me for most of my childhood with such cherished memories. She was always welcoming, such a good listener, raising her children to be such strong, loving people.

    • Laura, Posted September 22, 2017 9:59 am

      Thanks so much for your note. I am happy she was part of your life. I am happy you were part of mine too!

  • kathy sherlock-green Posted September 13, 2017 1:09 pm

    Sending my love out to Sonja, Sheri, and Eric. I’m so sorry that you’ve lost your mom. She will forever and always be “Mrs. Barton” to me. So many fond memories of the time spent at your house while in High School and college. Will never forget her impressively massive backyard garden so beautifully planted and maintained. God bless you all.

  • Lois Stille Posted September 14, 2017 9:45 pm

    Lori was a P.E.O. sister and a very loving one. I always enjoyed Lori and we had some very nice chats. She will be missed by all of her P.E.O. sisters. I pray that God will bless each of her family members and walk beside them at this difficult time. Sorry I am unable to attend her service.

    • Lois Posted September 22, 2017 10:02 am

      So nice to hear from you. Mom loved the P.E.O. sisters and all you did together. Thank you for being her friend.

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