Loraine Belle Levan
On March 23, 1929 a lively, generous girl named Loraine Belle Miller came into this world in Sac City, Iowa. On August 4, 2020, a woman – Loraine Belle Miller Levan – passed on from this world with a life lived with kindness, laughter, love and hard work behind her in Sandy, Oregon at age 91.
Loraine grew up in Iowa graduating from Galva High
School in 1946. While still in Iowa she met and married
Paul Levan there in October 1948. The couple moved to
Oregon in the spring of 1953 after purchasing a home
on Bluff Road. When their children were all in school,
Loraine worked at Gresham Community Hospital
as a nurse's aide. She later worked in the kitchen at
Sandy High School until she took a job with Heidi's
Restaurant in Boring. Later in her life, she was a grocery
store product "demo lady". Wherever she worked, she
found friendships and interesting people to talk to.
Loraine and Paul were also both active members of St.
Michael's Catholic Church. Loraine was very social
and enjoyed her conversations with people throughout
There were some basic principles that guided Loraine
in her life: home, family, generosity, curiosity, good times
and a genuine delight in knowing and interacting with
people. Loraine always had a great sense of humor. She
was known for her total enjoyment for playing all kinds
of games – Bingo, Pinochle, Scrabble, Pokeno, Cards,
Crosswords, Word Finds – and she believed that if you
were going to play, you might as well win! And she did.
Frequently. Her family also knew not to call her when
Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy were on the air. From
Loraine's perspective, one could never have enough
shoes or jewelry. She was a trendy dresser and found
many a find at Goodwill, one of her favorite haunts.
Loraine loved her family. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Paul, her parents, five sisters
and two brothers. She is survived by her children –
Marsha (Jim), David (Heidi) and Suanne (Terry) – six
grandchildren – Jenny, Jeff, Jessica, Ben, Logan, Amy -
and fourteen great grandchildren. They were a primary
focus in her life.
We will honor and celebrate the life of a very
significant, wonderful, and loved woman with a private
Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.