Lorraine Dolores Van Houten Iervolino
Lorraine Dolores Van Houten Iervolino of Corsicana passed away peacefully in her home in Corsicana, Texas on November 25, 2019, at the age of 67. She was born on January 19, 1952 to Edward Clay Van Houten and Joan Ryan of Brooklyn, New York. She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years to Joseph Fred Iervolino in Corsicana. Lorraine is survived by her two loving sisters, Carol and Jeanette Van Houten (Thelma and Louis) of Bay Shore, New York, and her children, Jeanette (and Kevin) Sparks of Corsicana, Texas, James Clay Marcellus Lawler (Moms' Besty) of Spring, Texas, and by her step-daughter Kimberly Elicia Hendrickson (and Arthur) of Grafton, Wisconsin She is also survived by her grandchildren, Patrick Sparks, Harrison "Bud" (and Alexis) Sparks, and Olivia Hendrickson. She is also survived by her great-grandchild, Harrison Neal Satterwhite, as well as many nieces, nephews, and caring ex-sisters and brother in laws.
It is terrible what a sickness and illness will do to a person but, in her better years, everyone who knew her knew how much she loved Jehovah and her love for teaching about Him and Jesus. She had this bountiful book knowledge about Him and about the wonderful creatures He and his Son created. Her love of animals and everything else were extensive.
Her sisters have fond memories of joining her for tea and for Entenmann's cakes, and looking to her for answers regarding everything, including their heritage, for she was an avid lover of learning about their family's lineage.
Over the years she was an owner of a successful business, named "Top Knots and Tails". She had many types of pets including birds, cats, dogs, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, and even squirrels (Sammy). Her husband called himself, "Jungle Joe" due to the different animals she appreciated. Mom was a naturalist and fancied herself as a botanist and a photographer. Lorraine was recognized as a nation-wide famous breeder of Yorkies and everyone sought to purchase the lineage of her beautiful breed.
Her other hobbies included writing for the local newspaper in which she gave advice on how to help your pets. She was a great friend throughout the community, was a member of the New-Comer's club, and was a kind and easygoing person.
The family of Mrs. Iervolino, aka "Lorraine" (because no one could say her last name) wishes to express their deep gratitude to the hospice personnel of Hand-in-Hand, all of the team of the Dallas Methodist Radiology department, all the caregivers at Epic Nursing Home, and especially the staff of Navarro Regional Hospital. The people who took care of Mom over the past ten years at all of these places were incredible and were genuinely caring. There are too many persons to mention but the family would like to give special mention to Dr. David Kellenberger, Dr. Ronald Rodriguez, and Dr. Sayeed of the Corsicana Area.
The family would like to make a special mention to Tracey Lewellen who took great care of Mom these past two years. What started as an employer-employee relationship turned into a bible study, and then a sweet, caring and loving friendship. With that said, tell all of your family members and good friends that you "love" them each and every time you have a chance.
Lorraine was deeply committed to Jehovah and Jesus. She will be missed by her family, her brothers and sisters, her friends, and all of her caregivers. We will all cherish the memory of her.
A memorial luncheon will be served at her family's house at 1513 Bowie Circle in Corsicana, Texas, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (catered by the Mexicana Grill). In lieu of flowers, please make donations at your local pet shelter.
Published on December 6, 2019


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Lauren Galia
Dec 06, 2019
Lorraine, a truly special friend, loved long conversations in person or by phone and had a contagious laugh finding humor in life. She worked hard many years as a board member of the bluebonnet Yorkshire terrier club as corresponding secretary, show secretary, and at times, show chairperson. The BYTC is where I first met Lorraine in 1993. In 2005 she talked me into moving to corsicana. She was a tremendous fan of this city. Dear friend, you are very missed. Prayers and condolences to the whole family.
Tracy Lewellen
Dec 06, 2019
I never saw Lorraine in a bad mood even on her bad days. I will miss our conversations and friendship.
Carol van houten/ lawler
Dec 06, 2019
Til we meet again 🙏🌷(mommy) 🐟(daddy)🍰☕(us 3)♥️👄
Janet Sparks
Dec 06, 2019
Our hearts ache for you and your family. Lorraine was always kind and caring, and I’ll always remember her with a smile on her face.