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LoRene Tanner Harrah, age 99, passed away peacefully in Scottsdale, AZ on January 29, 2018 surrounded by her children.

LoRene was on born on June 9,1918 in St. Joseph City, AZ to Hartwell and Lula May (Shumway) Tanner. After graduating from Lambson Business College, she worked as a Harvey Girl in Winslow, AZ. During the war LoRene also worked for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. While working at the Grand Canyon she met tall, good-looking Major Ralph Wendell Harrah. They were married on November 3, 1951 in Quartzite, AZ and soon had two beautiful daughters, Marilynn & Melinda Leigh. As an Air Force wife, LoRene was active in the Officers Wives Club & was also a Grey Lady volunteer at the Air Force Base Hospital. After Ralph retired the family moved to Tempe, AZ. LoRene was very creative & artistic. She loved working in copper tooling, ceramics, china painting & other arts and crafts. She crocheted, knitted & was an excellent seamstress making beautifully tailored clothes & costumes for herself, her sisters and her children.She was very active in The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in several callings including in Relief Society and as Dance Director. She enjoyed teaching ballroom dancing to the young men and young women and was involved in the great church dance festivals of the 70's. During her later years, she enjoyed continuing her artistic talents and being a grandmother to her nine grandchildren.

LoRene is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph W. Harrah, parents Hartwell & Lulu May (Shumway)Tanner and her sister, Glenna (Tanner) Millett.

Funeral Services will be held February 8, 2018 at the LDS Del Rio Ward Building and she will be interred with her husband at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

LoRene is survived by, daughter Marilynn and husband John Igleski, daughter Melinda Leigh Harrah, nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, siblings LaVonna (Tanner) Wilson, Richard Tanner and Annette (Tanner) and Orton Wilkins.
Published on February 7, 2018
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