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Lorayne Tobin, 71

Lorayne Tobin, 71, passed away quietly after a long battle with breast cancer on Jan. 9. She had been living most recently at Red Rock Senior Living in Woodbury after 43 years of residence in Woodbury, Minn. (Royal Oaks and Wedgewood communities).

She is survived by husband, James Tobin; daughter, Nicole Tobin Wooton (Brian Wooton); son, Brian Tobin (Julie); and brothers, Wayne Biss (Joann) and Larry Biss (Kristi).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Myrtle and Walter Biss.

Lorayne grew up on a grain farm near Wendell, Minn., with her parents and two brothers. She graduated from Elbow Lake High School in 1963. She then attended Concordia College-Moorhead for one year and then transferred to North Dakota State University and earned her Bachelors Degree in Home Economics. During her final year in college, she worked as the hostess and future husband Jim worked as a cook at the Highway Host restaurant in Fargo.

From these humble first meetings, the Tobin family was formed. After graduating from college, Lorayne followed Jim to California when he was stationed there for the U.S. Air Force, and they married in 1968 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wendell, Minn. While in California, Lorayne earned her teaching license and a Masters Degree in Home Economics and taught high school for several years. When Jims military service was complete, the couple moved first to Fargo, N.D., and then to Woodbury, Minn. Soon after that, first Nicole (1975) and then Brian (1977) made them a family of four.

Lorayne was a devoted wife to Jim and mother to Nicole and Brian. She ran a fun household, kept everyone busy with events like plays, classes, clubs and cultural events and, with her love of cooking and baking, kept everyone well fed. She always made holidays special with her creative decorating and enthusiastic, thoughtful gift giving. Her kids were one of her main pastimes, and she reveled in their successes, adventures and stories.

Lorayne was also a loving daughter to her mother, Myrtle, and the family went 'up north' to Elbow Lake and Evansville, Minn., frequently to celebrate holidays, go out to eat and just visit.

Lorayne always loved art, decorating and style. She often perused magazines, home shows, open houses and garden shows. She also enjoyed running her own day care business (1978-2011). Through her work she met many wonderful people and children and enjoyed the daily creativity she got to share with childrens crafts, holiday parties, songs and baking projects.

Lorayne fought breast cancer for the first time in the nineties, and lived a healthy life in remission for many years. During that time, she saw both her children graduate from college and graduate school, visited Nicole three times during the years she lived abroad (France and Spain), and visited Brian many times for the Mothers Day designer home show in San Francisco, and was active with friends around Woodbury.

In 2012, the cancer returned as stage 4 cancer. She fought courageously and stubbornly, and again got to live a lot more life in the last number of years.

She and Jim took the trip of a lifetime to China, she got to see her son marry in California and she got to help plan and attend her daughters wedding with her extended family present. Lorayne also recently learned that she is to be a grandma - Brian and Julies baby, due 2-26-17, will be named Ysabelle Lorayne in honor of both beloved late moms (Julies mom Ysabelle and of course Brians mom, Lorayne).

A memorial service will be held at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Road, Woodbury, 55125, on Monday, January 16th. Visitation at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., and lunch at 12 p.m.

Lorayne has chosen to donate her body to the University of Minnesota medical program, so that future doctors can learn about breast cancer and move towards better treatment and cures for future generations. A private cremation and burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to organizations important to the Tobin family: Breast Cancer Research Funds: http://give.umn.edu/p/cancer and Christian Cupboard and Emergency Food Shelf: http://ccefs.org/

Cards can be sent to:

James Tobin and family

9705 Wedgewood Bay

Woodbury, MN 55125

Thank you to Health Partners Hospice Care and the staff of Red Rock Senior living for the attentive care for Lorayne and family.

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