Lorraine Louise Crase


Lorraine Louise Crase (Lori), 89 years young, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at The Springs at Grand Park Assisted Living in Billings, Montana where she was cared for by her daughter and family after a courageous fight with Parkinson’s Disease. She was surrounded by those who loved and cherished her dearly.

Lori was born to Benny and Alice Baird on October 4, 1929 in Almeda, California and raised in Richmond California where she lived for 78 years. She worked as a public accountant for Glen Whalen Public Accountant for 43 years until her retirement at 65 years old. She married Ivan Fletcher Crase, known to everyone as “Bud” for his love of Budweiser beer, on November 5, 1949 after a two-month courtship and were married for 44 years until his death in 1993. They brought two bundles of joy into the world, a set of twins, on September 22, 1950; Toni and Terry, which they raised together in Richmond. She relocated to Salinas, California in 2009 and then to Billings Montana in 2016 to be closer to and cared for by her family.

Lori lived life to the fullest and made friends and memorable moments everywhere she went. She loved to sit in the sun, read romance and mystery novels, crossword puzzles, playing poker, golfing, bowling, going on vacations and cruises, entertaining everyone with her endless jokes and giving candy to everyone who crossed her path and was an avid Raiders and A’s fan. During her years in Richmond, if you wanted to find her, she could always be found with her husband Bud and their friends at their favorite spot, Alvarado Gardens, having her favorite drink, Brandy, and ginger ale. She insisted on being presentable even when she could not do it herself and was known for her vibrant colors and red lipstick, fingernails and toe nails. No matter what adversities Lori faced, she always had a positive attitude and a joke to tell. In her mind, she could beat anything that came her way including an incurable disease. Her spirit, strength, and humor were extraordinary all the way to the end and amazed everyone that had the pleasure to know her. She was the most remarkable woman that seemed to have more than nine lives and treasured every minute. She will be dearly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her father, Benny Baird; her mother, Alice States; her two brothers, Vernon and Robert Baird; and her late husband, Ivan “Bud” Crase. She is survived by her daughter, Toni Hatzell of Billings, Montana; her son Terry Crase of Belle Vernon, PA; 4 nephews, 1 niece, 5 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

At Lori’s request services will not be held. In lieu of flowers she would appreciate a donation to a local animal shelter in her memory to join her in her love and concern for animals.

The family would like to say a very special thank you to the staff at The Springs for their wonderful care, love, and consideration while Lori lived there. You are remarkable people with beautiful hearts and tender care for those who need it. Thank you, you are dearly appreciated!