Corraine Joanne (Jacobs) Letcher, 89, passed away peacefully February 7, 2024 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, NE.
Corraine was born to Floyd and Helen (Reimann) Jacobs on October 27, 1934 south of Hay Springs, NE. She was the oldest of two daughters. Throughout her life, she never lived more than 10 miles away from her birthplace. During her school years, Corraine attended Sandridge School and Hay Springs High School, where she graduated in 1952. After graduation, Corraine aspired to attend fashion school in Chicago. She ultimately stayed near Hay Springs and, in 1955, married Alvern Letcher. The couple were united for 66 years until his death in 2021. To this union, four children were born: Randy (Stubby), Valora, Lyndall (Chessy), and Vern (EB). Corraine had numerous passions. She enjoyed sewing and machine embroidery. Pat's Creative was one of her favorite places to spend time with friends. She was the very best grandma and made the most fashionable outfits, sewing beautiful clothing for her sons/daughter/granddaughters. Corraine created many fancy bowls, hats, shirts, and patch designs for everyone. When the sweet corn was close to ready, you would find Corraine outside checking daily to see if it was ready. Sometimes the ears were barely colored, but she would cook them up and eat them for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks. She didn’t like to share with the raccoons, but had no problem sharing with neighbors because that meant when their patch was ready she would get some more. Corraine could never turn down an ear of sweet corn. Alvern and Corraine ventured "North" often to see if Corraine could beat the one armed bandit, almost always coming home a little richer. Corraine continued to go to Deadwood and Prairie Winds with Valora and friends. Corraine was always willing to bring out "drink" to the picnic table and sit to chat with whomever was there. She would hurry to mix up tea and make cinnamon and sugar biscuit donuts. Cribbage was another passion. Corraine and Alvern would play cribbage to see who had to go get the mail. Even after Alvern passed, Corraine still found joy in playing cribbage because of this family tradition. She fostered such a welcoming environment, whether during her time working at Co-op or while at the farm. There was a hot and delicious meal every day and her cooking didn’t lack. She had warm sticky rolls and coffee ready for practically any occasion. She shared her "special" recipe for sticky rolls with many. She taught us how to selflessly care for others, making sure to check in with those out on their own. Corraine was so generous with a cold glass of lemonade/tea, a kind word, or a random gift. She was pretty damn hip for her age and stayed current with technology. She loved computers and was very tech savvy throughout the years. This encouraged friendships of many ages. In recent years, Corraine got to check off a bucket list event by attending George Strait concerts with Amberleigh, Valora, and Donna. This brought her great joy; spending time with family and listening to George Strait. She was rocking out till the very end - truly couldn't believe she stayed up that late! Love you mom/sister/grandma/friend! Corraine is survived by sister Donna (Bob) Housh; daughter Valora and son Lyndall; daughters-in-law Camy and Shiela; grandchildren Desi, Amberleigh, Alex (Amanda), Bryce, Tanner (Devyn), Tauna, Nate (Erica), Drew, and Hunter; and great-grandchildren Evan, Finley, Ford, Link, and Rex. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Gerald and sister-in-laws Joann, Charlyn (Dick), and Loreen (John), as well as many nieces and nephews and extended families.
Corraine was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alvern, sons Randy and Vern, daughter-in-law Karla, grandson Evan, and sisters-in-law Marilyn and Aldean.
Services will be held at a later date.