84-Year-Old Uses Shelter Time To Make Quilt for Great Grandchild

Marion County Folks Tell the Jimp About Dealing with Unusual Times

Lorraine Jolin

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

JEFFERSON – One local resident has taken advantage of her time at home thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place order to work a quilt. 

“I knit and I make quilts,” Lorraine Jolin told the Jimp. “I’m finishing up a quilt for my eighth great grandbaby.”

Although Jolin says she is “housebound,” she has been active most of her life.

“I retired from the state’s Department of Health Services,” Jolin said. Then I worked as secretary and a sub at Trinity School in Marshall.”

She did note an important date on the horizon.

“In two weeks I’ll be 84,” Jolin, who also has asthma, said.

She is thankful for friends who help her with shopping.

“I’ve been really lucky,” Jolin said. “I have friends who do my grocery shopping for me and pick up prescriptions for me.”

Lorraine said she does break out of her house on SH 49 west of Jefferson about twice a day.

Mastercraft Coping Sponsorship April 2020 Sample2“I walk around the acreage with the dog for exercise,” Lorraine explained. She described her companion as a Schnauzer chihuahua mix rescue dog.

“I have books on my Kindle Fire,” she related. She is also re-reading six or seven Andrew Greeley favorites.

On television she watches “Friends” and “Last Man Standing.”

Her computer adds another dimension to life.

A member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church which has suspended services during the emergency, Lorraine has turned to services over the internet.

“I had Good Friday mass this morning on my computer,” Jolin said.”I just Googled Good Friday schedule and watched this mass out of Michigan.”

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