Elva P. "Loretta" Best (1929 - 2014)

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Elva P. "Loretta" Best, 84, of Randallstown, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at her home.

Born May 6, 1929, in Damascus, she was the daughter of the late Oliver L. Burns and Mary K. Sims Burns Patrick. She was the wife of the late Murlin Perry and the late Billy Lee Best.

Loretta worked as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor for the Federal Government for 22 years. She loved lighthouses, playing bingo, nature, travel and reading, especially the Bible and Danielle Steele novels. She was a member of Wards Chapel United Methodist Church.

Surviving is son Randy M. Perry, of Randallstown; daughters Miriam "Suzie" Dearing, of Sykesville, Catherine W. Collins and Rethea E. Foster, both of Randallstown; brother Oliver Lee Burns, of Glenville, Pa; sisters Mary Ann Stokes, of Sykesville, R. Jeanette Miller, of Sykesville, Lillian D. Miller, of Chambersburg, Pa., E. Faye Young, of Hanover, Pa, Linda I. Gaskill, of Hanover, Pa. and Gladys P. Pope of West Plains, Mo.; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by son Robert C. Perry and brothers Allen D. Sterling and Leonard Burns.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Nupp officiating. Interment will be in McKendree Cemetery, West Friendship.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Wards Chapel UMC, Building Fund, 11023 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133.

Online condolences may be offered at www.haightfuneralhome.com.



Funeral Home
Haight Funeral Home & Chapel
6416 Sykesville Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
410-795-1400
Published in Carroll County Times on Mar. 30, 2014
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