Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Lorraine Harper (Baxter)\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tLorraine Florence Baxter was the first baby born in the new Salinas Valley Hospital on December 4, 1925 to Andrew and Alberta Baxter. She grew up close to the beach with happy memories of her mother making fried chicken basket lunches and spending long days playing at the seashore. She said beach babies "teethe on seashells". Lorraine remembered as a child hearing President Roosevelt saying on the radio "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." She attended Salinas high and lettered in basketball, field hockey and softball. She also loved art and especially painting with oils. Lorraine attended Fresno State University after graduation and worked alternately as a florist and as a Girl Scout counselor at the Girl Scout Ranch in the beautiful mountains of Santa Cruz.She later lived and worked for the post war booming AT&T in San Francisco and transferred to Utah after meeting some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and getting baptized in New York. Her membership in the Church was a priceless possession to her and she loved the countless opportunities for service that she was given because of it. Lorraine met the epic love of her life, Darrel Harper, in Provo, Utah and promptly tried to pawn him off on a friend. He was persistent and they were eventually married November 29, 1957 in Mesa, Arizona.After a bit of moving around with education and active duty in the United States Air Force, they returned to Mesa and raised a family of four children and an assorted menagerie of pets in their close knit neighborhood.Lorraine was passionate about genealogy and family history and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her and Darrel's bond of love and friendship culminated in their 60th year of marriage when she lost her beloved in March 2017. Lorraine moved back to Provo because she said that's where they always wanted to return. She was a many years attendee of BYU education week and 2017 found her in classes all day with the stamina of a Cougar freshman. She enjoyed her time with her children and grandchildren and liked watching the mountains, flowers, and hummingbirds from the front porch as well as making new friends at the Aspen Senior Center. On the evening of November 29, their 60th wedding anniversary she said Papa had visited her, telling her he would help her "transition" and "we'll all be together." \nShe was gone in less than 12 hours. \nLorraine Florence Baxter Harper is survived by her two brothers, Marvin and Mervin Anderson, her children Dana, Holly, Samantha and Ammen, along with many grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am in the Mesa City Cemetery, 1212 N Center Street, Mesa, AZ on Saturday, December 9, 2017.