Lorna Yvonne Land was born on July 30, 1950 and peacefully departed this life on February 19, 2020 surrounded by her two children, mother, sister, dear friends, her priest and her deacon. May her soul rest in peace and those who have been left behind be filled with comfort, memories of love and joy for having been a part of her life, in this challenging time of transition.
Lorna leaves behind her mother Elva, sister Connie, brother Ian, and many other family members spread far and wide.
Lorna’s two beloved children, Brian and Denise, and son-in-law, William, are heartbroken. Brian was unfailingly at her side every day and provided endless love and support.
Bryce and Marissa, her two grandchildren, were her greatest blessing whom she loved beyond measure! The miles between their home in Virginia and hers in New York were of no consequence. Lorna was present for every milestone event, and many others in both of their lives. She loved them fervently and generously gave her presence and presents, the Amazon boxes would arrive before, during, and after her visits.
In this life we are born into a family and then we can only hope to be as lucky as Lorna was to create a beloved second family of friends. Her friends filled her days with endless enjoyable times, hanging out locally, traveling around the United States and all over the world. Their excursions together included frequent bus trips, cruises to many European countries and numerous islands in the Caribbean. Their vacations were fun-filled trips we should all be fortunate enough to enjoy a small fraction of. Lorna was the primary organizer and would spend endless time researching and creating the perfect itinerary to ensure that everyone had the best experience.
Lorna was a true and loyal friend, evidenced by friendships that have spanned decades and sustained triumphs and tribulations, time and distance. They have all been centered around the strength of an abiding commitment to care for each other. Her day to day, ever present, sister-friends Alma, Bev, Marjorie, and Pat. Lifelong friends Annette, Erica, and Sally who may be far away in distance but never short on love. Others close to her heart from church, work, and elsewhere like Ade, Barbara, Dahlia, Hyacinth, Leuda, Marjorie, and Maxine. Please forgive us if we missed your name, her friendships were plentiful, epic, and enduring.
Lorna had so much love to give, she was always willing to help anyone in need in any way that she could. Family, friends- old and new, neighbors, coworkers, and her consumers at Metro DDSO all benefitted from her charisma, love, and generosity. The children and grandchildren of her friends she treated and loved as her own and cherished watching them grow and thrive.
Trinity St. Paul Episcopal Church has been her spiritual home for numerous years. Both of her grandchildren were baptized there. She loved her church, the clergy, and fellow parishioners. She served tirelessly in positions on the Vestry and with the Episcopal Church Women. She strongly believed in acts of service such as working on brown bag lunches, tea-parties, coffee-hour, anniversary celebrations, vendor sales, and many other events. Lorna was willing to do anything to help Trinity flourish and continue to be a vital part of New Rochelle.
Lorna embodied strength, dignity, kindness, and wisdom, and those traits will live on with her memory.