Loretta Record


Bakersfield native Loretta Record passed away on February 7th, 2015; she was 83 years old. Her two sons, Myron and Neil, and her two "girls", daughters-in-law Ramona and Bobbi, were at her bedside when she passed. Loretta was preceded in death by her late husband of 52 years, Clinton Record, who died in 2000.
Loretta was born in Bakersfield in 1931, and lived her entire life in Kern County. As a girl Loretta and her family lived in Glennville, where her family owned a grocery store. The family lived in a house with no indoor plumbing and a generator to provide light at night. Loretta rode the bus everyday to Kern County Union High School (now Bakersfield High School), and it was during this time that she met her future husband, Clinton Record, who lived nearby on his family's cattle ranch. Loretta and Clinton shared a love of music, and both played in the Driller Band under the direction of the legendary Colonel Moore. Clinton and Loretta were married in 1948, and Loretta had to get her family's permission, along with the school's, because she was only 17 years old.
For many years Clinton played music at dances in local mountain communities including Glennville, Woody, and Granite Station. Loretta loved to dance, and since Clinton was playing in the band, she would "borrow" other ladies' husbands to dance, and she could cut a rug with the best of them.
Loretta had a wonderful sense of humor, and she had a laugh that was loud, obnoxious, funny, and infectious all at the same time. Rumor has it that Loretta's laughter was once picked up by instruments aboard the Space Shuttle, but NASA would neither confirm nor deny this information.
For many years Loretta and Clinton owned a cabin on Greenhorn Mountain, and they spent many summers and weekends there, often surrounded by family and friends. Loretta loved to travel, and the family spent many summers camping in and around the western U.S. Loretta loved sports and for years the family had season tickets to the B.C. Renegade football games. She also loved NASCAR, and always cheered for her favorite driver, fellow Bakersfield native Kevin Harvick.
Loretta was active for many years in St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Oildale. She was instrumental in creating and directing the church's Bell Choir, which gave performances during services on Sundays, and at conferences around the state. She also helped with many of the church's charity and fund raising events.
In addition to her two sons, and two daughters-in-law, Loretta is survived by her brother Ken Clark, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, three grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending, and services will be at Mish Funeral Home in Oildale.
Loretta's family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hoffman Hospice in Bakersfield, which is a non-profit organization, and provided care to Loretta in her final days.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 12, 2015
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