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Loretta McKee

Written by Bob McKee —

My mother, Loretta McKee, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 87 on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018. She was in her cherished mountain home surrounded by her loving family.

Mom had a full life and is survived by her sister Jean, four sons, Matt (wife Wilma), Tim (wife Trish), Mike (wife Arlene), and Bob (partner Jennifer), ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mom also leaves behind many, many good friends.

She was born and grew up in Michigan as Loretta Schutt, received her bachelors degree at the University of Michigan and her teaching credentials in California. She taught elementary school in Berkeley.

Mom and Dad (Robert McKee, Sr.) married on the 4th of July 1957. It seems we were just celebrating Mom & Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary; Dad passed in 2013, another pillar of the community.

The story that I was told is that as Mom and Dad crested the hill near Bill and Hanks Automotive looking to purchase a hardware store. Mom decided instantly without even seeing what is now North Fork Hardware, that this is where she wanted to settle. The view reminded her of growing up in Michigan, and the rest is history.

Mom has always been active in her community, attending just about every event held at Town Hall. Everyone remembers Mom for her tireless efforts organizing and making sure the Christmas Bazaar was a success. And one would often see her working the room saying hello to old friends, grabbing hands, and hugging a lot.

My mother had that sweet but manipulative skill to get all of her friends and me to bake something for the Friends of the Library fundraising events every year. She totally loved working at the Grace Community Thrift Store. It was her every Thursday social outlet, and even on her walker, pushing through the pain, she would flit about like a butterfly going to events with friends or just exploring different places to eat.

Mom has also been very active in her church over the years – Sierra Vista in Oakhurst. The pastor and deacons have been amazing bringing food and good wishes for her recovery during hospice care.

My customers ask me about my Mom even after all these years since she retired from the hardware store. She will always be remembered for her sweet disposition and always being so positive.

Mom, many people will miss you. Rest peacefully with Dad.

(No date has yet been set for Loretta’s memorial service. We will post as soon as we have that information).

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