Loretta March passed peacefully on August 7, 2016 in the company of family and beloved dog Andy.
At 92, she lived long, happy, and thoroughly enjoyed all four seasons of her life. Though vision loss had later set in, she was blessed with a wonderful and active mind throughout.
Born in Helena on Aug 27, 1923, Loretta and family lived in Chewelah during her early years. During junior high, the family moved to Spokane where she graduated from North Central High School in 1941.
Before becoming an educator (her passion), she was educated at Kinman Business College and Washington State College (member of Alpha Chi Omega) … graduating in 1949 with a B.A. in Home Economics and a Bachelor of Education.
She soon became an instructor at Whitworth College and later Mead High School in Spokane during the 1950s. In the late 1960s through 1980, she was a Home Economics Department district chairperson… as well as a high school Home Economics instructor and department head in Sacramento. She loved her students and they loved her back.
A proud founding and long active member of Chapter EQ of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, (Spokane, 1957), she was also a social member of Manito Country Club and participated in several quilting groups.
Loretta was a Champion of People and knew no strangers. Her inquisitive nature and honest humor attracted all who were fortunate to know her.
A lover of snow skiing and history.
Loretta had three husbands, all gentlemen (Robert M. Bergdahl, Harold J. March, and Richard A. Brown).
Her favorite place was her lakeside cabin on Black Lake near Colville.
She is survived by her three sons and their wives … Bruce R. Bergdahl (Carol), James C. Bergdahl (Glada), and Richard R. Bergdahl (Nanette), daughter-in-law Patricia A. Bergdahl, and grandchildren Kenny B. Bergdahl and Lexy Martinez (Gabe).
Loretta was predeceased by her parents, Nell and Emerson R. Fruin, sister Elizabeth Marks, and brother Ralph E. Fruin.
Thanks to Merrill Gardens of Kirkland, Evergreen Hospital and Evergreen Hospice for all the special care she received. A private family graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Evergreen Hospice, P.E.O., or the charity of your choice.