BOISE, Idaho — Lorena Ellen Sorenson McCarty of Boise, passed away on the evening of Nov. 5 due to complications of ALS, just 2 days before her 63rd birthday. She was born on a bright and sunny Sunday morning in San Bernardino, California to James Van Decar and Sharon Phillips Van Decar. When Lorena was 3 she and her Mother moved back to Missoula. Her mother met and married Robert L. Sorenson and they became a family.
Lorena relocated to several areas in her life but none were more home to her than Boise. It was there that she met the “Love of Her Life” Richard McCarty. Together they made a home, started Pretty Bee, a business Lorena was passionate about and continued their romance with life and each other for 25 years.
She opened her arms to anyone who needed help or a hug to get them through the day and she was always there for her family. From the time she was very young, she was often the champion for anyone who needed a voice and was actively involved in many organizations in the community.
She so loved her garden and her chickens, “Earth Mama” she would smile and say to us often as she harvested her bounty and took it all to her kitchen to create another masterpiece filled with love.
She was a wonderful and wise Mother, a devoted Grandma ma, loving wife to Richard and a dear friend to many.
She was preceded in death by her cherished father Robert L Sorenson, her beloved grandparents, Dorothy and Spencer Stratton and Genevieve and Willard Sorenson, and a special brother-in-law Gregory Allumbaugh. She is survived by her husband Richard McCarty, her daughter Karrie Ann Langton, her son and daughter-in-law Ryan and Lisa Peterson, her four grandsons, Josh and Jake Fordyce and twins Dylan and Landon Peterson, all of Boise, Idaho. Her mother Sharon Sorenson of Hamilton, her sister Sherrie Sorenson and her partner Dean Skaja, her brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Christi Sorenson all of Missoula. Her Auntie “M” Maggie Weber and her Auntie Lee Sorenson of Hamilton, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and her special fpur legged companion Hannah.
A special thank you to the many friends who stepped in to offer their help and support during Lorena’s illness. Thank you to all of the staff from the ALS Clinic and to Brenda, Mo and Deb from Compassus Hospice who truly made a difference. Memorial services will be held at a later date.