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Loretta Ann Stone – May 5, 2020

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Loretta Ann Stone

Loretta Ann Stone died May 5, 2020 in Weed California at Shasta View Skilled Nursing.  Loretta Ann Bowler was born to Sydney H. Bowler and Nelda B. Bowler on January 31, 1949 in Redding California. The youngest of 3 children started her life living in Toyon, CA  a government housing camp for the Bureau of Reclamation families where her father worked on the construction of  Shasta Dam. The family later moved to Lewiston California where her father began work on the Trinity Dam. Loretta met her future husband, Lester Stone, while she was in the 5th grade in Lewiston. At the time Lester was just a friend of her older brother Jim and didn’t notice the little sister until several years later.

Loretta graduated from the 8th grade in Lewiston and her father’s job had them move to Los Banos where she would attend High School.  While in High School Loretta belonged to the International order of Rainbow for girls and held several positions in her local chapter.  After graduating High School in 1967 she went on to hold the Office of Grand Immortality for the State of California order of Rainbow girls when she was 19 years old.

Loretta and Lester began dating in 1968 when Lester came back from the service to be the Best Man in Jim Bowler’s wedding.

Loretta and Lester were married November 7, 1970 in Redding California and moved to  Susanville California as Lester had a job with California Department of Forestry.  In 1974 Les and Loretta were blessed with their daughter Melissa and in 1977 with Melody.  They raised their daughters in Susanville where Loretta worked as an Executive Officer for the Lassen County Board of Realtors for 33 years and volunteered for Children’s Home Society.

Loretta was so excited to add to the family with her granddaughters, Brooke and Sierra Kinsey and then later McKenna Kleine.  She adored her granddaughters and loved to go to their dance and sporting events.

Loretta is survived by her husband Lester Stone, daughter Melissa (Paul) Stone-Kleine, granddaughter McKenna Kleine, daughter Melody (Jeff) Kinsey, granddaughters Brooke and Sierra Kinsey. She is also survived by her sister Karen Packwood and her brother Jim (Carolyn) Bowler along with many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

Viewing will be held on May 14, 2020 at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary from 3:00-4:00p.m.  Graveside services will be held May 15, 2020 at 11:00a.m. at Diamond Crest Cemetery.


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