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Lorraine France Weaver, 93, died on Monday, May 9, 2016, in Williamsburg with her son, Craig, at her side. She was born in Orange, N.J., and lived in West Orange until moving to Bernardsville, N.J., in 1999. She relocated to Williamsburg in 2015.
She was a graduate of West Orange High School, worked briefly for Prudential, and for many years was the owner of the Lorray Gift Shop in West Orange, which became a landmark in the town.
She married Walter R. Weaver Jr. of Belvidere, N.J., who preceded her in death. She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Orange, N.J., where she served as a deacon, elder and trustee. She was a direct descendant of the earliest Dutch settlers of New Jersey and New York and was an active member of the Eagle Rock Chapter DAR and Colonial Dames of America in New York City. She was very artistic, teaching flower arranging until her mid-80s. A very important part of her life were her animals, especially her cat, Winky.
Above all, Lorraine was a devoted mother to her son from the day he was born until the end of her life. She provided him unqualified love and strength, and he loved and adored his mother.
She is survived by her son, Craig Hamilton Weaver of Williamsburg.
Interment was held in the family plot at Rosedale Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg.
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