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Avis Lorraine Charnes

June 27, 1924 — July 24, 2016

Avis Lorraine Charnes, 92 years young, of Louisville, Kentucky, formerly French Lick, Indiana, entered into eternal rest on July 24th, 2016 at Westminster Terrace Presbyterian Home in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born in Orange County, Indiana on June 27th, 1924 to Clifton B. and Lucy E. (Newton) Marshall.

Lorraine married her love of over 56 years, Alvia Charnes, on June 21st, 1941 and he preceded her in death on October 19th, 1996.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, (1) Brother – James Clifton Marshall and (1) Sister – Norma Jean Brock.

Lorraine graduated with the French Lick High School Class of 1942 and had worked at the French Lick Springs Hotel where she was in charge of housekeeping, the spa and marketing. During her tenure at the hotel she also served as Mr. Ross’s secretary. After retiring in 1978, Lorraine and her husband moved to Florida to enjoy retirement. While in Florida, she was active in her church and volunteered with various organizations to provide assistance to those in need.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and attended the Buechel Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky after relocating to Louisville.

She is survived by:

(4) Sons A.R. Charnes Jr. (Mary Ann) McCormick, South Carolina
C.B. Charnes (Liz) Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Greg Charnes (Nina) Evansville, Indiana
Jay Charnes (Mary) Louisville, Kentucky

(11) Grandchildren (33) Great-Grandchildren (1) Great-Great-Grandchild

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Rob Warren at 7:00 p.m. at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel with cremation to follow. The burial will be held at a later date in the Mount Lebanon Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29th, 2016 at the Brosmer-Kemple Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Mount Lebanon Cemetery Fund, C/O Wayne Ferguson, 9711 West State Road 56, French Lick, Indiana 47432 or to the Helping Hands Fund, C/O Presbyterian Homes (Rev. Rob Warren), 2116 Buechel Bank Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40218.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Service, French Lick, Indiana. 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website –
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