Loretta M. Reed went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 12, 2020, at the age of 86. Loretta was born on a cold December morning to Boyce and Alida. She was welcomed by her brother William Eugene. Her sister Lorraine was born two and a half years later. The family moved to Kansas when Loretta was three years old and then returned to Adrian, Oregon, four years later. Loretta graduated from Adrian High School. During her school years, Loretta was involved in Girl Scouts, 4-H Club, school choir and was asked to be a guest soloist for a variety of events. After graduation from high school, she attended Bob Jones University for two years. Loretta then moved to Payette and worked for Idaho Power Company. Loretta met the love of her life, F. Richard Reed, in Payette. Loretta and Richard moved to American Falls, where they had daughter Laurynda. Then they moved to Nampa, where they had daughter Laure. Loretta was active in Lady Lions Club, Miss Idaho Pageant, Washington Elementary PTA, Boise Music Chorale, various musicals in Boise, and First United Methodist Choir. Loretta went to work for the State Personnel Commission, where she worked until her retirement, 30 years later. The highlight of her career was when she worked as Special Assistant to the Director. She later became lead supervisor over the Classification Staff. After her retirement, Loretta was asked to do special classification projects for State Department of Juvenile Corrections, Public Lands, State Police and Health and Welfare. Loretta and Richard remained good friends following their divorce until Richard passed away. Loretta loved to travel; she made several trips to Canada and Alaska. She traveled to Boston, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island. Loretta traveled internationally to Canada, England, Italy, Turkey, Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Loretta also loved to drive and was well known by the Oregon State Police for her legendary “lead foot." Loretta also loved to watch Boise State football; she and Richard had season tickets for many years. Loretta fought ovarian cancer twice, and she was always optimistic and had a strong faith. She was determined to beat cancer, which she did. Loretta is survived by her sister Lorraine (Larry) and their three children. Loretta is also survived by daughter Laurynda (Ken) and their four children, and a great-grandson. Loretta is also survived by daughter Laure (Scott) and their daughter. Loretta is survived by several nieces and nephews. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents and her brother. The family wishes to thank Doctors Jerry Perez and Norman Zuckerman and the staff at Mountain States Tumor Institute. The family also thanks the caring staff at Grace Assisted Living and Grace Memory Care, in addition to Keystone Healthcare and Hospice for their compassionate care and tireless efforts to keep Loretta safe.
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