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Loretta Keathley

December 25, 1940 — September 29, 2023

Loretta Keathley, age 82, of Right Fork of Island Creek entered into God's kingdom on Sept. 29, 2023. Loretta, a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, is survived by her daughters: Delana Sanders, Thelma Thacker, Cynthia Charles, Liza Burke; grandchildren: Gracie, Caitlyn, Lindsay, Jande'n, Blake, Brittany, Travis, Heather, Cody; great grandchildren: Levi, Paizley, Carter, Emmaleigh; and Sherry Williamson, who she raised as a daughter. Loving family who predeceased Loretta inclue: Parents, Lee and Ada (Bates) Keathley; Sister, Effie; Aunts and Uncles, Jean (Dolly), Rosie, Mary, May, Oliver, Jim, Frank, Robert, and Edward; and Raymond Pierce. Loretta was born and raised in Michigan. She moved to a farm in Pikeville, where she raised her family. In addition to being a mother, Loretta worked many jobs over her lifetime including farming, food services, providing meals to the elderly, caregiver, and ultimately, as an associate at Walmart in Pikeville. Loretta held many positions at Walmart over the 15 years she worked there, but she spent most of those years as a door greeter. She enjoyed chatting with everyone in her community, providing thoughtful advice when asked, listening to those who needed a friend, entertaining children, and sharing laughter with everyone. Loretta had a strong work ethic and took great pride in her work. Loretta also loved games and was very competitive. For many years, she participated in the Senior Olympics Games hosted in Pikeville. As you can imagine, this competitiveness extended to many family game nights she shared with famly. Loretta loved to travel and traveled throughout the United States. She had a great love of animals, which were drawn to her. Loretta also had the greenest of thumbs and could grow anything from just a clipping. There were many times she would see a flower she liked, clip a piece of it, and grow that piece into a beautiful duplicate. She was a great cook and her corn bread would melt in your mouth. Above everything else, Loretta loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They brought her so much joy and love. She was never happier than when she was laughing with her family. Loretta was a wonderful mother and grandmother whose impact will be forever felt by her family. Her ability to sacrifice, provide, support, forgive, and love will be forever engrained in her family. We are forever grateful we had the time we did with her and she will be remembered in our hearts daily. Loretta is loved dearly and we will miss her laughter. Visitation will be Thursday from 3p.m. to 8p.m. and Friday October 6, from 11A.M. to 12 noon at Lucas & Son Funeral Home Pikeville, KY. A memorial service in Loretta honor will take place at 1P.M. on October 6, at Lucas & Son Funeral Home. Loretta will be laid to rest in a private cemetery in the presence of her family.
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