Lorraine Alma Youngs Eastman, age 101, of Richmond, Va., passed peacefully into heaven on March 3, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Allan A. Eastman. The couple owned and enjoyed a summer home on Put-In Creek in Mathews until 1995.
Mrs. Eastman is survived by two daughters, Judith Eastman Britton (Rex) and Nina Eastman Buzby; three grandchildren, Melissa Britton Raber (David), Pamela Elizabeth McLellan (Corey) and David Allan Britton (Katherine); 14 great-grandchildren; a nephew, Gordon Youngs (Zenny).
Mrs. Eastman was born in Kenmore, N.Y., and graduated from Fredonia State Teachers College. She was a talented and accomplished musician and teacher. For 28 years in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, she was a summer music counselor at Teela-Wooket Horseback Riding Camp in Vermont, where she met her husband, Allan. In the Richmond area, she taught choral music and piano at Collegiate School in the 1950s and was the piano accompanist for several ballet schools during that time. In 1961, she teamed up with Marjorie Fay Underhill, a Richmond area ballet teacher, and composed music to accompany Ms. Underhill’s choreography of the ballet “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The ballet was performed in the Richmond area annually from 1962-1974. It lay dormant until December of 2013, when it was performed in Mathews, with new choreography, by the Diggs School of Dance and the Bayside Youth Ballet.
Mrs. Eastman taught third grade and was a Title I reading teacher for Chesterfield County Public Schools. She was an active member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church and started the first handbell choir there. In 2000 she provided handbells for the newly formed BayBells, a community handbell choir that performs in the Gloucester and Mathews areas. Mrs. Eastman was best known for her ability to accompany anyone on the piano in any key. If you could hum it, she could play it. Her musical abilities brought much pleasure to many people during her lifetime.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 5200 Grove Ave., Richmond, Va. 23226.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Allan Eastman Founders Fund, c/o VCU School of the Arts, Pollak Building, 325 N. Harrison St., Box 842519, Richmond, Va. 23284.