She married Merrill Leonard Collins on Aug. 8, 1942, in Hattiesburg, Miss. He preceded her in death on Jan. 18, 2001.
Loretta was retired from the claims department with Western Insurance Company. She was a member of the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with children and grandchildren, especially vacationing with family in California. Her hobbies include bingo, arts and crafts, and mealtime with friends.
Survivors include a son, Douglas M. Collins, Overland Park, Kan.; a daughter, Debbie Clarkson, Fort Scott; two grandchildren, Tommy McNeil and wife Danica, Fort Scott, and Bryna Boldra and husband Jeremy, Moran, Kan. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Cody, Kaylee and Danielle McNeil, and Landon and Keenan Boldra. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Duggan, and three sisters, Bernice Moore, Mary Margaret Holderby and Eileen Ladd.
Father Darrin May will conduct Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Burial will follow in U.S. National Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Monday in the Cheney Witt Chapel followed by visitation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary's Catholic School and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.