Charlotte “Lorretta” Warner, 80, passed away on January 8, 2023, with her daughter, grandson, and nieces at her side at Partners In Care Hospice House in Bend, Oregon.
Loretta was born and raised in Bear, Idaho and attended a one-room school with her sisters and cousins, then attended high school in Council, ID and Florence, Arizona. Lorretta was the second daughter in a family of six girls raised in a very rural cattle ranch setting. She was her father’s favorite “cowboy”, and he often pitted her talents against the local cowboys when working cows with neighboring ranchers. Loretta was her father’s “Queen of the Hayfield” because she could mow, rake and bale hay, change mower sections and weld broken tractor parts as a teenager.
She loved Horses all her life and learned to shoe horses, rope, work calves and gather cattle. Her ranching skills, dependability and work ethic helped her get her first job at Motorola Electronic in Arizona in 1960. She spent her career in Oregon working for Whites Metal Detectors, and Hewlett-Packard, manufacturing and assembling computers components.
Loretta was a joy and a source of entertainment for her parents, sisters, cousins, and friends. Her wit, humor and laughter were a cherished memory of every vacation and camping trip. Everyone looked forward to her visit. Lorretta’s door was always open to teenagers, family, and friends. Everyone was her friend; she didn’t know a stranger.
She lived through many adventures throughout her life in Arizona, Oregon, and Idaho. She helped raise bear cubs and an orphaned deer fawn during her childhood. She lived in a tent in the middle of the desert of Arizona while her parents built a home. She went down the Snake River from Hells Canyon to Asotin, WA in a homemade wooden boat during high water with her father, daughters, and sister. And she loved a horse named Redwings and spent many days herding cattle with her father, grandfather, and little sisters in Bear.
Loretta’s greatest love was her two daughters Jody and Lenna. They were the light and pride of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence & Millie Warner, and two sisters, Erma Wilburn of Renton WA and Nancy Warner of Halfway.
She left behind her daughters Joetta Evans in Cave Jct, Or; Lenna Shiley, LaPine, OR; 4 grandchildren: Skyler, Katie, Ashton, Tommy and 5 great grandchildren; 3 sisters Peggy Warner Wilson, Chehalis, WA; Zella Warner Sly, Halfway OR; Janet Warner, Garden City, ID.
There will be a Celebration of Life July 15 and 16, 2023 in Bear, ID. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bear Cemetery Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com