Loraine Portele Bearden of Pearland, Texas passed away on November 22, 2023. As she always hoped, she passed peacefully in her sleep. She was the youngest of four children of Rudolph Eugene Portele and Celestine Demanche Portele, and the widow of her beloved husband Lewis Bearden Jr. who preceded her in 2004. She was 95 years old.
Born in the small central Texas town of Marlin, Loraine was the granddaughter of immigrants from Czechia, England and France. Baking was an important part of her early life, and she became not only an excellent cook, but a gourmand as well. She traveled to all 50 US states and several other countries during her lifetime, and especially enjoyed trips to Las Vegas with her husband and her children.
Loraine was a homemaker and mother of five children who survive her: daughters Kaye Vivian, Peggy Browne and husband Neal, Nancy Bearden, and sons Lewis Bearden III and wife Gayle, and Terrell (Terry) Bearden and wife Carol. She had 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren who will miss her wit, her compassion and her wisdom.
A memorial service is planned for December 16. We invite you to leave condolences or memories of Loraine for the family at Crowder’s Funeral Home online (https://www.crowderfuneralhome.com).