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.