Lorene Dulin was born July 21, 1941 in Raceland, Louisiana to Cecil and Andrew Dulin
Sr. Her parents moved to Barnsley, Kentucky when Lorene was 4 years old. Lorene
received Christ at an early age and was baptized in an outside pond. While growing up,
Lorene sang in the choir and for a time was president of the choir. She was educated at
J.W. Million Elementary School in Earlington, Kentucky and graduated from Rosenwald
High School in Madisonville, Kentucky.
Although Lorene held many jobs growing up, she dedicated herself to helping others. She
went to Louisville, Kentucky to help her sister Beulah Mae and then went to New Orleans,
Louisiana to help her sister Marguerite. When her mother became ill, Lorene traveled back
to Barnsley to care for her.
Lorene eventually ventured across the country taking residence in San Francisco, California
with her cousin Carolyn. She lived almost twenty years in San Francisco working in
education because she loved children and learning. She worked as a teacher’s assistant and
part-time as a substitute teacher in a private school.
In 1977, Lorene decided to move to San Diego, California with her two children, so she
could live closer to her brother, Nick, and sister Betty. She lived in San Diego for over 30
years, and worked for the San Diego Unified School District as a Teacher’s Assistant. For
most of those years in the school district, you would find Lorene working in Room 29 at
Kennedy Elementary School welcoming incoming preschoolers. Lorene was so passionate
that she would go above and beyond to help the parents of her students. Lorene medically
retired from San Diego Unified School District in 2001.
Lorene had many talents; she was always reading and writing something. She had a great
love for children and enjoyed teaching them. She ensured her own children were well
educated. She wanted both of them to go into the classroom already knowing what other
kids had to be taught at school. She instilled in them to have a deep sense of pride in
whatever they chose to do. She was a very generous and compassionate woman. If you
never knew her, you missed knowing a great friend. She was a private person and spoke
softly. She was dependable and an always on-time person. She would help anyone, but had
a few sayings she would say; “Look here, I have one nerve that I hide from everyone, so
please don’t make it come out of hiding” and ”No one is perfect, but Jesus Christ.”
Lorene was a very caring mother, and over the years, with a loving heart and open arms, she
spiritually adopted many children. She had a special bond with Marsha Williams and her
family, as well as Hope Williams and her children. In her final years, she resided at
Magnolia Post-Acute Care and many of the staff lovingly referred to her simply as “Mama
Dulin.” Although the staff had the duty to care for her, she would provide them with wise
counsel, with words of guidance and inspiration, and prayed with and for them like the true
prayer warrior that she was.
Lorene joined New Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church in the late 1970s, under the
leadership of the late Rev. LaSalle Jones. She was an active member of the congregation
and wore many hats over the years; serving briefly as a Sunday school teacher and then
moving on to become mission president. Under her leadership as president, the
remembrance plaque was installed in the church, and the mission board had a church
cookbook published. She was the pastor’s personal secretary for a term, and became the
church membership clerk, and church secretary for almost 30 years. During her tenure, she
worked to have the church’s first church bulletin installed. Another one of the many jobs
Lorene held over the years was secretary and tour guide for C & R Bus Company, working
with her friend Mr. Claude Cornist. She remained busy working as a cashier clerk and home
Lorene enjoyed cooking! As one of her most blessed talents, she was an excellent cook and
caterer. Do you remember the peach cobblers, cheese cakes, and her fried chicken? Her
holiday spreads were nothing short of amazing. Many enjoyed her dinners, and those who
were invited to her dinners, came in as friends and left as family. Lorene would always
make sure her guests would leave her home not having to worry about cooking for a few
Lorene became a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in the mid-2000s under the
leadership of Pastor Doug Fisher. She enjoyed her Senior’s Sunday School Class and
treasured the friendships she established at Lighthouse Baptist Church.
Most importantly, Lorene was a true woman of God and always relied on her faith to get
her through the peaks and valleys of life.
On July 29, 2021, Lorene was called home to be with her Lord and Savior.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Andrew and Cecile Dulin, sister Beulah Mae
Jones, brother Freeman Van Dulin, sister Geneva Scott, and brother Andrew Dulin, Jr.
Lorene leaves to mourn her two children; Kimberle Wiseman of Jamaica, New York, and
her son Kristopher (Mesha) Wiseman of La Mesa, California; brother Nicholas Dulin, Sr.
of San Diego, CA, sisters Marguerite (Raymond) Branch of New Orleans, Louisiana; Betty
J. Thomas of Tallahassee, Florida; Ruth Ann Ray of Earlington, Kentucky; aunt Margrett
Dulin of Louisville, Kentucky; one granddaughter, Sarah Posey Wiseman. Mourning also
are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, close friends, and church family members.
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