Loretta May Tanner
Loretta May Tanner completed her earthly journey on July 6, 2019 at the age of 90 in Medford, Oregon. Loretta was born on May 13, 1929 to Oscar and May Jackson on the family homestead on Frozen Creek near Myrtle Creek, Oregon.
Loretta graduated in 1947 from Rensselaer High School, in Rensselaer, Indiana. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Walter L. Tanner. They were married on Jan. 9, 1949 in Rensselaer, Indiana.
Surviving are her six children and their spouses, Rick Tanner (Ben), Seattle, Washington; Roger Tanner (Lynese), Grants Pass, Oregon; Pam Pruner (Mike), Selma, Oregon; Steve Tanner (Deanne), Central Point, Oregon; Curt Tanner (Cathy), Eagle Point, Oregon; and Tina Hodnett (Ed), Prineville, Oregon.
In addition she is survived by 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Wanda Gilbert of Monon, Indiana.
Over the years, Loretta and Walter moved their family from Indiana to Oregon, from Oregon to Arizona and finally back to Oregon. Loretta worked for a number of years as a "lunch-lady" in the Phoenix-Talent school district. She worked for Motorola Electronics in Scottsdale, Arizona and eventually retired from Providence Hospital as a baker.
She was an active member of the Talent United Methodist Church and was a member of the choir. While living in Prineville, Oregon, she and Walter were volunteers for Meals on Wheels.
She enjoyed family gatherings, making quilts and baking. There was always room at the dinner table for friends and family. She was a loving, caring and nurturing mother. She always made sure you knew you were loved no matter the situation or adversity that you faced. She is now at peace.
She had written in a note stating if she could live her life over again she would, "Do pretty much the same. Perhaps get an education for another occupation, but still marry and raise a family. Marriage and family have been my greatest blessings."
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Talent United Methodist Church at 206 South 1st St., Talent OR 97540, followed by a reception.