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SALEM, N.H. — Lorraine D. (McKenzie) Hollins, age 83, died Monday, June 20, 2011 at her daughter's home in Sandown, N.H., with her family at her side.

She was born and raised in Methuen, and she graduated from Mt. Carmel Grammar School, St. Mary's High School and Bryant McIntosh Business School in Lawrence. She was the daughter of the late George and Jeanne (Tremblay) McKenzie. The sister of the late Jeannette McKenzie.

Music and singing were her passion. Lorraine sang with the Vocal Airs on radio, Merrimack Valley Sweet Adeline's, the Happy Hearts Singers of Methuen Senior Center, and the choir at St. Anne's Church in Hampstead. The most memorable singing performance was with St. Anne's choir led by Cynthia Verrill in front of Pope Benedict in Rome. Lorraine enjoyed vacations with her sister and brother-in-law to Florida, Europe, and Foxwoods.

She is survived by three sons, John Hollins, Jr. and his companion Ann Gross of Methuen, David and his wife Patricia Hollins of Salem, N.H., Kevin and his wife Kimberly Hollins of Salem, N.H.; daughters, Linda Hollins, Donna Bergquist and her companion Al Rosene of Sandown, N.H.; sister, Beatrice and her husband Richard Violette of Boynton Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews; former husband, Lindy Hollins; and her beloved cat, Noah and favorite dog, Cody.

ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held Friday, June 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, N.H. A funeral Mass to which relatives and friends are invited will be Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m. at St. Anne's Church, Hampstead, N.H. Private burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St., Methuen, MA 01844. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.
Published on  June 30, 2011
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