Friday, June 26, 2015
Volunteer Spotlight--Loraine Braithwaite
Loraine Smith Braithwaite
We are glad to welcome one of our newest volunteers, Loraine Smith Braithwaite, to the Peteetneet Museum.. Loraine was born in Payson in October of 1929. She was the second of four daughters of Rusty and Ramona Wall Smith. She attended schools in Payson.
During her junior year at Payson High School she met Reed Braithwaite, a senior, from Spanish Fork High School. She married Reed during the summer of 1946 in the Manti Temple. After her marriage, she never got the chance to finish her senior year at Payson High School. They moved to Provo where Reed attended BYU. He graduated with a teaching degree and they spent the first two years of his career in Rockland, Idaho. They then moved to Caliente, Lincoln County, Nevada for eight years and then to Elko in 1960 where he taught the remainder of his teaching career. Reed taught Math and coached basketball. They lived in Elko until Reed passed away in 2011.
She has two sisters, one younger and one older, who live in Salt Lake. Her other sister, Gloria S. Barnett, recently passed away. Gloria was a long time supporter of the Peteetneet Museum and the Payson Historical Society. She had served as President of both organizations.
Loraine has one daughter living in Honolulu, Hawaii, son in Chuckey, TN, and a son in Elko, Nevada. She has seven grandchildren and a “bunch”of great-grandchildren. Another son passed away.
Loraine did have the opportunity in 1973 to graduate from high school in the Elko Adult High School Program. There was seven ladies and one man in the class. This was the first Adult High School Program in the area They had their photo in the local paper holding their diplomas`.
Loraine currently lives in Springville and comes every Friday morning with a neighbor who also volunteers as a Tour Guide. She enjoys her time at Peteetneet and looks forward to each Friday.