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Lorraine Ekhardt, 61, of St. Helen

Lorraine Kay Ekhardt, a beacon of kindness and creativity, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2024, at her cherished cabin by the lake in Houghton Lake, MI. Born on July 14, 1962, at Lansing General Hospital in Lansing, MI, Lorraine’s life journey was marked by love, laughter, and an unwavering dedication to her family. Lorraine was the beloved daughter of Russell Alexander Potter Jr. and Clara Lucille (Shultz) Potter. She grew up in a warm household, alongside her siblings Laura ‘Potter’ (Terry) Shaffer, Renee ‘Potter’ (Rusty) Kloepfer, and Russell Alexander Potter the 3rd, where the seeds of her caring nature were sown. Her sister-in-law Marian Ekhardt also held a special place in her heart.

A proud graduate of Williamston High School in 1980, Lorraine carried the spirit of her education throughout her life, demonstrating a strong work ethic and the ability to forge lasting friendships in every workplace she graced. It was this same spirit that led her to the love of her life, William Jacob Ekhardt. The two were united in marriage on July 3, 2010, in St. Helen, MI, blending their families and hearts in a partnership of mutual respect and affection.

Lorraine’s life was further enriched by her children, Brittany Fulton (Brandon), Daniel Fuller (Stephanie), and Dustin Fuller, who were the center of her world. Her love extended to her stepchildren, Niki Jackson (Gary), Joie Bomstea, Tavin Jackson, and Ryan Morris. She cherished her role as a grandmother to Ryder, Cyrus, Baylee, Laylah, Hudson, Liam, Dezmond, Alanah, Cassius, Allison, Lilly, Calista, Tristin, Kayden, Ethan, Emma, and Jordan, each of whom brought immense joy and purpose to her life.

Lorraine’s passion for baking and crafting was more than a pastime; it was a way she expressed her love and creativity. Her hands were rarely still, as she conjured up delectable treats and beautiful crafts that brought smiles to many faces. Her dedication was also evident in her professional life, where she was known as a hard worker who cultivated lasting friendships in every workplace.

The cabin by the lake was Lorraine’s sanctuary, a place where she could immerse herself in nature’s beauty and the company of her beloved family. It was here that she lived her best life, surrounded by the people and the peacefulness she adored.

A cremation has taken place per Lorraine’s wishes and no services are scheduled at this time. A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up so the family can use the donations to plant trees in Lorraine’s memory. https://www.gofundme.com/f/lorraine-kay-ekhardt

Lorraine Kay Ekhardt, organized by Brittany Fulton.


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