Lorraine Nyale Ackroyd

October 15, 2013 • Obituaries


Ackroyd,-LorraineLorraine Nyale Ackroyd passed away on October 14, 2013, at Casa Maria Healthcare Center. She was born on February 6, 1923, in Beaver Creek, Minnesota. She was the oldest of six children born to Leonard and Verdi (Newberg) Ormseth.

When Lorraine graduated from high school in 1940, she moved to Minneapolis, MN, to pursue a career in singing. During the war, she sang with a radio troop and a dance band in Sioux Falls, SD. She also worked in advertising, writing radio commercials.

Lorraine married David Stone Ackroyd on September 24, 1946, in Jamestown, NY. David was in the Air Force and stationed in Roswell. Lorraine joined David in Roswell, where she worked at KSWS and KGFL doing remote broadcasts from the old Hinkle Department store. Ten years later, David was stationed at the Pentagon and they moved to Virginia. They were later stationed in Bermuda, where Lorraine worked at a TV/Radio station, creating commercials. After David’s retirement the couple settled in Colorado Springs, CO, where Lorraine worked at KRDO radio. Lorraine retired from her career in television and radio in 1977.

After David’s death in 1982, Lorraine moved back to Roswell. Lorraine enjoyed giving of her time; she was a volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce and RSVP. She also served as a hospice volunteer in Grand Junction, CO.

She was preceded in death by her husband David Ackroyd; her sisters Delores Connell, Betty Lentner, Connie Corn and one brother Jason Ormseth and her parents Leonard and Verdi Ormseth.

Lorraine is survived by her son Jerald Ackroyd of Layton, UT; her brother Dennis Ormseth (Peggy) of Roswell; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; and her special Shih Tzu friend “Yankee Doodle.”

Special thanks to: Debe Corn for her love and support; Norma, Lupe, Maria and Nurse Terry at Casa Maria Healthcare Center; Gentiva Hospice.

Lorraine requested no services to be held at her time of death and was cremated according to her wishes.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

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