Lorraine E. Wilkinson

November 24, 1924 ~ February 2, 2022 (age 97)


                 Lorraine was born November 24, 1924, in East Orange, NJ to the late Earl Chester Adams Sr. and Lillian Robinson-Adams. She was preceded in death by her former husband Oscar Wilkinson, brother Earl Chester Adams Jr. her nephew Steven Adams, first cousins Dr. Cornelius E. Gaither and Gloria Gaither-Coles. She was a life-long resident of East Orange, NJ. Lorraine’s mother passed away when she was just 14 months old. She and her brother “Junior” spent much of their time with their grandparents Elbert and Sarah Robinson, as well as their father, who worked on the railroad. During that time, the entire family attended Mount Olive Baptist Church in East Orange, New Jersey. She also attended Union Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ, and later attended the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montclair, NJ as an associate member for over 20 years. Lorraine was educated in the East Orange Public School System and graduated from Clifford J. Scott High School in 1944. After graduation, her first job was with the Port Authority of NY/NJ (George Washington Bridge) as a Toll Booth Collector. From there she was a Meter Maid in East Orange, NJ, a Library Assistant in the East Orange Public Library. In her mid 80’s, she was a Cafeteria Worker for the Montclair Public School System. During her leisure time, Lorraine loved doing for others and visiting friends in the hospital and nursing homes. One of Lorraine’s favorite activities was to visit the Cherry Blossom festival annually in Newark, NJ. She loved bowling, gardening, watching major league baseball games, and traveling with members of the Trinity Presbyterian Church on bus trips. She attended the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast for over thirty years. Lorraine leaves to cherish her memory; her niece Tawana Adams, nephews Rodney and Roy Adams, great-nieces Tawayna Bailey, Gina Pendergrass, and Anita Adams, one great-nephew Steven L. Adams, two great-grand nephews, Lawrence Elijah II, and Pierce Mayes. She also leaves her loving and devoted god-daughter Carmen Taylor, god-grandson Brandon Taylor, god-daughter Carol Clark, and her loving and devoted godson Jeffrey Robinson, along with a host of caring cousins, friends, and community members who will miss her dearly. 


Thank you to the following:

Family of Caring at Montclair, Montclair, NJ

Professional Services Provided by: Martin Funeral Home, Montclair, NJ


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Funeral Service
February 10, 2022

11:00 AM
Rosedale Cemetery

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