Lorraine C. (Craig) Hansen

Born: Sun., Jun. 2, 1929
Died: Wed., Jun. 24, 2020

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Lorraine Hansen, 91, of Brooklyn CT passed away peacefully to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 24, 2020 with her family by her side. She was born June 2, 1929 in Lancaster County, South Carolina to her parents, the late Augustus and Maggie Craig.  She was predeceased by her brothers Bruce, Hazel, Paul Ray,  and her sister, Viola.  She was also deceased by her daughter Patricia Ann Brakefield and Charles (Chuck) Lewis Brakefield.  She is survived by her son Ray Brakefield of South Carolina, her daughter Debbie Hudd of Canterbury CT, and Morris James Hansen Jr (Jayme) of Waterford CT.  She leaves behind several grandchildren including Moses Brown, Matthew Brown, Courtney Brown, Andrea Schneider, and Gage Brown (Debbie's children) all of Connecticut, Julia Hansen of CT and Kristen Rosario and Morris James Hansen III (Jayme's children), Dusty Brakefield and Ben Brakefield, (Chucky's children), Chasity Holland, Bruce Holland and Tyler Ross of North Carolina (Anne's children), Ray Brakefield Jr., April and Spring Brakefield, Brian and Justin Brakefield, all of South Carolina (Ray's children), cousins Karen Toni, Ashley and Nia Toni of CT, Laura Bodtke of Maryland, Robert Bodtke of Virginia, and a host of great grandchildren (and a few great great grandchildren) in all three states.
Lorraine was raised in the south and her cooking was legendary.  She loved her gardens and canning the fruits of her labor each season. She was quite drawn to the ocean and was known for heading to the shore when storms were coming, but wind and rain only because she was afraid of thunderstorms.  She was known for her love of music and was a very accomplished guitar player.  She loved to sing and touched many hearts with her hymns and songs.  She also enjoyed crocheting, crafting, reading, and bird watching.  She worked many years at Backus Hospital first in housekeeping and then as a receptionist at the front desk, always smiling, always helpful.  She loved her family very much and one of her favorite sayings when we told her we loved her was, "I love you more!" She loved horses all her life and together with her former husband Jim Hansen proudly started Hilltop Stables in Ledyard CT where they bought and sold horses, taught riding lessons, competed in horse shows, and took out trail rides.  She loved all horses but her favorite one was her quarter horse stallion, Kay's Crown King. Over the last several months she spoke quite often about plans to get back on a horse soon, and we are sure she has already gone riding on King once again, joining many of her friends who were already there waiting, only this time they are riding on the Lord's trails in heaven.
According to Lorraine's wishes, services will be private and at the convenience of the family.  We know that she was loved by many people however.  Please remember her as a lively, lovely woman with lots of spark and an incredible sense of humor, and think of her when you see horses, a storm approaching, or smell good southern food cooking.

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Michele vandale
   Posted Wed July 01, 2020
I like to give my condolences to Lorraine 's family. She was a wonderful woman. I will miss her alot. Her sense of humor was great she always had away of making you smile or laugh. It was a honor to take care of her.She will always be in my heart.

Peg Schaeffer
   Posted Thu July 02, 2020
Lorraine and I go a long way back. I met her through the horse shows and remember good times. I would see her later on at the Backus Hospital and reminisce about the horses and shows. Rest in peace Lorraine and catch up with the old timers.

Margaret Healy
   Posted Thu July 02, 2020
I did not know Lorraine personally only know her daughter Debbie through social media . Enjoyed many stories and pictures of Lorraine posted by Debbie and I know she was a much loved lady who will be missed . She has left behind a beautiful family who I am sure will carry on leading the good life she taught them . I send my sincere condolences to all of them and keep them in my prayers . God bless Lorraine and may she rest in peace .

Meliss Henderson Swanson
   Posted Sun July 05, 2020
Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Lorraine personally, Debbie mentioned her often on Facebook. Both Lorraine and my Mamacita were born on the same day a few years apart. So I would see Lorraine's birthday wishes the same day I was posting Birthday wishes for my Mom. Through this simple connection of the love between Debbie and her Mom and my love for my Mom gave me much joy and pleasure. I believe she lived well and was well loved. Rest in Peace beside your Lord, Lorraine. God's peace come swiftly to your family.

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