Lorraine, I just found your posting on GenForum and found it quite interesting.I may be looking for a needle in a haystack but wonder if your mother's maiden name was Clem?
My step-dad (I refer to him as my dad) Elton O. Clem had a sister Lorraine b. 4/27/1919.He was born in Roswell, N.M. in 1906.His father was James Clem, mother was Clara McAden.They moved to Texas when he was quite young.When I saw a census for 1910, Texas I see my Dad Elton, bother Manon along with three Sparks children.John, Allie & David.
You refer to something tragic happening.I do know that Dad (Elton) adopted his sister Lorraine when she was young.This was due to something tragic happening in the family.
Dad passed away in 1992.I remember visiting Clara when she lived in California along with his sister Mildred, brother Horace and sister Lorraine.Lorraine had a daughter Lorraine who is my age.
If this is not you, I apologize for answering this posting, but my curisoity got the best of me.