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Loretta J. Richmond, 88

Loretta J. Richmond, 88, passed gently out of this life Wednesday, February 21, 2018 with family at her side. She had lived at North Star Retirement Community in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for the past two years with her husband, Maynard “Rich” Richmond.

Born October 16, 1929, Loretta Jean Ferguson was the first child for Murdo and Wenonah (Boyce) Ferguson. Joined later by a brother, Murdo Lawrence “Larry” Ferguson, they grew up in a loving family in Owosso, Michigan. She later said that growing up during the Great Depression and World War II taught them courage and responsibility.

In 4th grade, Loretta learned to play trumpet and said it was the most enjoyable time of her young life. She continued to play in the Owosso High School concert, marching and swing bands. After high school, she attended Michigan State College and then Gregg College in Chicago for secretarial training.

August 19, 1951 Loretta married Maynard, also an Owosso native, at her parents’ home and they began life together as an Air Force family. Military assignments took them to live in numerous places: State College, Pennsylvania; Wichita, Kansas; Dayton, Ohio; Madrid, Spain; Rantoul, Illinois; and Los Angeles, California. In Spain, she loved shopping in downtown Madrid, weekly tours of the Prado Museum, and visiting Toledo, Segovia, Alhambra, Granada, and Barcelona. The time was during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco; Loretta recalled an occasion where she met Mrs. Franco, describing her as a beautiful, charming and elegant lady.

In her early employed years, Loretta worked at the Michigan State Conservation Department and then Gregg College, where the director hired her as his secretary after she graduated there. She used her shorthand skills for the rest of her life, apparently for efficiency, but sometimes her children suspected secrecy. In later years, she worked for Teleflora, Continental Airlines, Epson Computers, and Local Data, as Executive Secretary or Assistant to the President.

In 1989, Loretta and Rich retired and moved from the Redondo Beach/Torrance area of California to Atascadero, loving their B’Longa Lorich “house-on-a-hill” for nearly 18 years. In 2006, they moved to Whidbey Island, Washington to be near children. In 2015, another move took them to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to again be near their daughter.

Throughout her life, Loretta served others by volunteering in many organizations,
beginning with Family Services on Air Force bases. She held board positions in Loaves & Fishes, the Atascadero Historical Society, and in local churches where they lived. She was also a charter member of the San Luis Obispo Chapter of Assistance League. This organization was especially close to her heart because of the help it provided to children in need; over the years she held several board positions there. In Washington Loretta was invited to join the P.E.O. philanthropic organization. In Idaho she continued her membership and truly enjoyed participating in meetings she was able to attend.

Loretta always had an affinity for beautiful things, and a flair for arranging items into lovely displays whether it was flowers from her garden, a lavishly set table, a renowned artist’s work, or the perfect accessory for an outfit.

Loretta is survived by her husband; her daughter, Lynda (Richmond) Glassmoyer of Post Falls, Idaho; son, Kirk (Teresa) Richmond of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; son, Mark (Michelle) Richmond of Batavia, Illinois; and son, Eric (Karen) Richmond of Langley, Washington; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 7 nephews and 3 nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother.

Services will be on a later date. If desired, memorial contributions are suggested to the Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County.

Yates Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of final arrangements.

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Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County

P.O. Box 14260
San Luis Obispo, California 93406

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