Brookings resident Loretta A. Smith passed away on Dec. 15, 2018, at a local care facility, aged 80 years. She was born in Crescent City, California, on April 24, 1938, to Frank A. and Esther A. (Henderson) Waldien.
Loretta grew up on the Chetco River and worked on the family ranch. After high school, she attended Oregon Tech. Later she went to work with a carnival where she met and married her husband, William E. Smith. In the mid-1970s, they left the carnival and went to work as watchman for her brother at L.A. Logging. She was a good cook and worked at local restaurants.
Loretta is survived by her son, William A. Smith of Portland, and brother, Blaine K. Waldien of Coquille.
A Celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Redwood Memorial Chapel, 1020 Fifield St., Brookings.
Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.