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Loretta Fay Westbrook

Loretta Fay Westbrook
Loretta Fay Westbrook
- June 8, 2018

Loretta Fay Westbrook was born March 19, 1933, near Pollock, SD, the eldest of nine children born to Archie and Gertrude (Biesheuvel) Ryckman.  She grew up on a farm eight miles northwest of Pollock and attended rural school.

Loretta married Lester M. Westbrook on June 7, 1952, at the Pollock Presbyterian Church.  The couple lived in Pollock until moving to Belle Fourche, SD, in the late 50’s, then on to Deadwood where they raised their four children, Terry, Allen, Sharon, and Steve.  Loretta worked for many years in housekeeping at both the Terrace and the Lariat Motels.

Loretta was a specialist when it came to cooking with beans; the best red chili - but according to her daughter and grandchildren, “ham & beans” was her # 1 dish.  She also made the best rhubarb sauce and sloppy joes that her family loved.  She made many trails to town and back on foot as she never did learn to drive.  This was a hard task, as when her youngest son was little he had many health challenges and visits to Doctors and clinics.  Steve proved to be her godsend for his dedication providing transportation to events, appointments, and outings, especially the last few years.  Loretta loved to crochet, making afghans for all her children, grandchildren, and friends, later specializing in baby blankets of every color.

Along with her confidante, Lucy, Loretta had so many close friends in and near the McKinley Apartments where she lived for 13 years, with each and every one of them watching over and assisting one another.  She spent her days visiting with these folks, often going on luncheon excursions and usually ending with a good game of rummy, another one of her passions.  Loretta was always willing to help anyone with whatever they may have needed.  As you can imagine, transportation was a huge obstacle for Loretta, between Steve and her network of close friends, she was always able to make it to church, the store, luncheons, appointments, and even road trips to see her sisters in Pollock, especially at Christmas.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Loretta passed peacefully at Serenity Corner Assisted Living, where she had been a resident for the past several months.  The family remains very thankful to Serenity Corner for the comfort and care provided during Loretta’s time there.

Loretta loved all of her children and grandchildren.  She is survived by sons, Terry, Sparks, NV, and Steve, Spearfish, SD; daughter, Sharon (Doug) Uhrig, Rock Springs, WY; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; sisters, Polly Becker, Phyllis (Rueben) Schatz, Carol (Lloyd) Schaner, Arlene Cullen, and Patty (Arvin) Kilen; brother, Tom Ryckman;  brother-in-law, Dennis Mittleider; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester on February 13, 2003; son, Allen; and sisters, Virginia Mittleider and Evelyn Backhaus; and three brothers-in-law, Donnie Becker, Ronald Backhaus, and Mike Cullen.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Thursday, June 14, at the First Baptist Church in Deadwood.

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Deadwood with Pastor Pat McBride officiating.  Inurnment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood at a later date.

A memorial has been established to the First Baptist Church in Deadwood.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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