Loretta Whittemore, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, loving friend, and loving wife of 36 years to Wes Whittemore of Rancho Bernardo, passed away June 14, 2014.|
Loretta was born March 13, 1930, in Sneedville, TN, to Cass and Laura Hopkins. The family moved to California in 1955.
She was a cashier for Lucky Stores, Food Basket, for 20 years, retiring in 1990. Loretta was also a foster mother for 25 years, taking in over 75 foster children, mostly teenagers, and fostering them until they were out on their own. She retired in 1998.
Loretta enjoyed gardening with roses as her favorite. She played a lot of tennis in her early years. She took up golf at age 73. Loretta and Wes were presidents of the local community center dance groups for over 10 years, she loved dancing. She was the perfect hostess for many friends and family gatherings at her home.
Her faith in God and love of Jesus never wavered. She loved God's Word received from the pulpit at Emmanuel Faith Community Church. She was a Godly woman her entire life.
Loretta is survived by her husband, Wes; son, Gary (Becky) Blevins; daughters, Desta (Peter) Hansen and Donna (Gene) Knox; step-daughters, Denise (Paul) Roberts and Janis (Shawn) Kelley; adopted sons, Aaron (Dina) Harwick and Bill (Jackie) Dalton; grandchildren, Chris (Kim) Blevins, Holly (Nathan) Renfro, Garrett (Michelle) Blevins, Jason (Melissa) Cox, Anders Hansen, and Chelsea Hansen; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Blevins, Jaydan Cox, and Lyrick Cox; step-grandchildren, Taylor Roberts, Caitlin Abu, John Rodriguez, Jordan Kelley, Nichole Harwick, Trevor Harwick, Daniel Dalton, Derek Dalton, Dorothy Dalton and Drew Dalton; and many nieces and nephews in Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida and Washington. Loretta laughed with them, laughed for them; cried with them, cried for them; and loved them all. She liked nothing better than big family gatherings.
She was the baby of nine brothers and sisters, all predeceased.
Services will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014, at 1 pm at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, 639 E. 17th St., Escondido, CA 92025. A reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Straight from the Heart, 851 W. San Marcos, CA 92078 or San Diego Foster Parent Association, 1089 El Cajon Blvd., El Cajon, CA 92020.
Published in the Pomerado News on June 19, 2014