Loretta Lou (Sturdevant) Nicodemus

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Dec 26, 1937 - Oct 13, 2013
Loretta was born on December 26, 1936 to Mattie Lorena Beach Sturdevant and Bertie Leroy Sturdevant in Alamosa, Colorado. She was the middle child, the third of five.
Loretta grew up in Alamosa, went to college there, and taught school in the area until she married. Her B.A. is in Elementary Education from Adams State College. Loretta married Donald Eugene Nicodemus on December 30, 1962 at the Baptist church in Alamosa.
Loretta and Donald had four children. Steven Nicodemus, 50, resides in Denver, CO. Cynthia (48) and her husband, Andy Luark, live in Greeley, CO with their children Christopher, Nicholas, Jessica, and Sarah. Lloyd Nicodemus, 46, makes his home in Alamosa, CO with his children Aaron and Aimee. Leon (42) and his wife Gwen live in Broomfield, CO with their children Anna and Quinn.
Loretta was preceded in death by her eldest brother, Leroy, and her parents. She is survived by her sisters Lorena Martin of Hereford, AZ and Norma Martinez of Hanford, CA along with her brother Wayne Sturdevant of Alamosa, CO.
Loretta enjoyed researching genealogy, decorating cakes, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends from church. Loretta was especially known for the wonderful rolls she made.
Loretta was diagnosed with terminal cancer in July 2013. Shortly thereafter she and her husband moved to Broomfield to live with Leon and Gwen for hospice care.
During her stay with Gwen and Leon she enjoyed pumpkin pancakes with apple sauce, lasagna, donuts, and lots of wonderful foods she couldn't eat for years because of her diabetes.
Loretta passed on the morning of Sunday, October 13, 2013 with her husband , children, and grandchildren near her.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Oct. 24 to Nov. 23, 2013