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Loretta Elizabeth Maki

Loretta Elizabeth Maki

1929 - September 5th, 2023

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Name Loretta Elizabeth Maki
Date of Birth 1929
Date of Death September 5th, 2023
Home Town Chicago, IL, US 
Other City Pasco, WA, US 
Interests Reading, Dancing, Playing the piano, Singing
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1955 Married Kent Peterson
1969 Married Charles Maki
1996 - 2000 City University, MBA

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BECAUSE INCOULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH

Because I could not stop for Death—
He kindly stopped for me—
The Carriage held but just Ourselves—
And Immortality.

We slowly drove—He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility—

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess—in the Ring—
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain—
We passed the Setting Sun—

Or rather—He passed us—
The Dews drew quivering and chill—
For only Gossamer, my Gown—
My Tippet—only Tulle—

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground—
The Roof was scarcely visible—
The Cornice—in the Ground—

Since then—’tis Centuries—and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses’ Heads
Were toward Eternity—

~Emily Dickinson

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Lorry, I am grateful that I got to meet you and that we were able to have a relationship over the last 14 years. You were a wise lady and I was always glad to know what you thought about everything. Thank you for letting me be part of your life.
Love, Melanie

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LORETTA ELIZABETH MAKI 1929-2023

On September 5, 2023, Loretta Elizabeth Maki quietly passed away in Richland, WA at the age of 93. She was born an only child in 1929 to Chris D’Amico and Viola (Bergman) D’Amico in Chicago, Illinois. The family eventually moved to Yakima in 1943 so Chris could work as a pipefitter during the building of the Hanford Facility. Loretta graduated from Yakima High School in 1947. She met Kent Peterson while working in Moses Lake at the former Larson Air Force Base in 1954. They married in 1955, had 4 daughters and divorced in 1964.

In 1968 she met Charlie Maki while working in Ephrata and they married in 1969. They settled in Pasco in 1972 and together raised her daughters. After Charlie died in 1993, Loretta continued working as an administrative assistant at Battelle Northwest until her retirement in 1997. While still working fulltime, she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1986 at age 56 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1995 at age 65. She sold her home in early 2023.

Loretta enjoyed travel, and went to the Caribbean, Italy, and France. Inspired by the movies of Shirley Temple, young Loretta became fascinated with tap dancing. She would pretend to tap dance on the tiled fireplace hearth with her leather shoes. Later, as a middle-aged adult, she took tap lessons. Eventually she started line-dancing and at times, the entire family would dance the polka in the kitchen. In her 70s she took singing lessons. At the age of 72, she competed in the Tri-Cities Water Follies singing contest and won first place in her category. In her spare time, she sang at nursing homes to entertain the elderly

Loretta had an uncanny ability of remembering her children’s birthdays and those of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, sending gifts almost without fail. She was a voracious reader, especially of mystery and thriller novels. She loved cats, Italian cuisine (attributed to her Italian heritage), swimming, and flowers, especially begonias.

She leaves behind 4 daughters: Holly Hellman (Erik), Ann Jackson (Greg), Julie Miller (Brian), and Laurie VanScotter (Kinson), plus 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

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MyMemorieso fLoretta
I met Loretta in 1977 when I moved into 325 Bldg., when she worked for Battelle and I worked for Westinghouse at Hanford in the 300 Area. We ate lunch together everyday along with Jeanie Ruggles in the lunchroom across the hall from my office. Loretta and I started doing a taped aerobics exercise
program, for awhile, showered, and grabbed a quick bite to eat, before returning to our offices. If we had time to take a short, 10-15 minute break ni the afternoon, we'd join some o f the other ladies ni the ladies' lounge. I remember celebrating Loretta's 50* birthday in one of those afternoon breaks. I moved out of325 Bldg., in 1984 to work out in the 400 Area.
In the early 2000's we started taking line dance classes together at the Richland Community Center. We attended a line dance workshop in Yakima when we were just in the early stages of learning the
basic steps. We persevered by attending weekly dance classesand going to more line dance workshops in Quincy as we improved, and later on in Pasco. We signed up for a line dancing cruise in Oct. 2003 and shared a room on the Norwegian Wind. The line dance group, around 250 dancers or so, was only a small portion of the ship. We quickly learned that the crew didn't want us "taking over their dance floors", playing our music, and we sometimes had to dance outside on the deck to get some dance floor space. Our workshop organizers had dropped out at the last minute due to illness, leaving the dance instructors scrambling to pull something together. Despite not receiving the promised group picture, t-shirts, and dance step sheets, we still managed to have a great time. Since our cruise was in October, we had to pack a Halloween costume along in our suitcase. Loretta and I dressed up as flappers. We had fun but it was a challenge trying to dance with the rolling seas below us on the ballroom's slippery floor while wearing heels!
We got ni the habit ofgoing to movies together. We felt like expert critics rating thestars performances and whether we thought they deserved winning their Oscars or were unfairly passed over. She finally said many years later she couldn't hear the dialog clearly enough so we stopped going.
Loretta was always generous with sharing her fruit tree crops in her yard. She'd call me and invite me over and after a gab session, I'd go out and pick some cherries or Italian prunes for her and for me. She also invited me over for a swim in her pool. We spent a lot of time talking about our kids over the years and how things were going. She loved her "girls" and their growing families.
She loved her cats and would adopt kittens dropped off on her property. She would take them to her
vet, get them spayed or neutered, and gave them a good home. At one point, she had at least nine cats well cared for and loved by Loretta. Honeybun was the last suvivor ofthe older generation and had
special privledges sleeping in Loretta's bed with her. Forthe last few years, she hada cat named Bella she'd adopted from a woman that couldn't keep Bella anymore. Bella was 3 years old at the time and was slow to warm up to Lorettaat first but was soon won over.
Loretta also loved birds. She had a parrot named Sampson (Sam) that lived up into his 30's. She got some parakeets after he passed on. Al those birds were lucky to be adopted by Loretta as she bought them special food, treats & toys, and fancy cages
It's hard to say goodbye to such a long-time friend, but know she is basking in Heaven's glow with no pain, singing init's choir, playing the piano, and dancing to her heart's content!
Karen Noland

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Loretta Maki Celebration of Life

October 7th, 2023 at 1:00pm
Events at Sunset
Richland,
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