Loretta June Gillingham, 84, passed away March 16, 2013, at her son’s home in Seattle. She was born June 27, 1928, in Akron, Colo., to Jared White and Margaret Finney. Her family then moved to Enterprise, Ore., and then settled in Irrigon, Ore. Loretta graduated in 1945 from Irrigon High School and than began working at the Umatilla Ordinance Depot. In 1949 Loretta married Charles Gillingham, and they had three children. In 1956 Loretta moved to Walla Walla, where she was then employed at John Deere, and later at Rogers Cannery for many years.
Loretta had a huge heart and was always looking out for the ones around her. She had an enormous love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her dogs and cats were also a special part of her life. Loretta loved finding treasures at yard sales, reading and spending time in her garden, whether it was with her flowers, cactuses, fruit plants and trees or even her rock garden. She was known to some as the “The Cactus Lady” and to others as “The Rock Hound.”
Loretta is survived by her daughter, Ann Marsh of Walla Walla; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Erin Gillingham of Seattle; one grandson, Charles Gillingham of Seattle; six granddaughters, Raquel, Jessica, Jeanie Gillingham, all of Seattle, Sara and Ruth Marsh, and Zandra Price, all of Walla Walla; four great-grandsons and seven great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert and Jack White; son, Gary George Gillingham; granddaughter, Mary Morgan Gillingham. Graveside service will be April 1, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery.