Loretta Peck, 71, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died September 17, 2019 in Kearney, NE. Showing her "domineering" personality, she courageously battled aggressive cancer to the end, not once relinquishing control to anyone or anything.
She was born December 16, 1947 in Tulia, TX, daughter of Louie and Jimmye Bonds. The oldest of three children, she was the mischievous leader of their pack that led them into many adventures and often trouble, in which she slithered past many of the consequences.
Loretta attended Tulia High School and was proud of the basketball team that she led to the state championship. Many of her teammates and classmates remained her dear friends all of her life. She then attended college at West Texas State University in Canyon, TX.
Loretta loved and was loyal to her work at Frito-Lay. Many of her fellow employees and growers she met influenced her life in major ways. This employment led her and husband Kevin from Texas to Nebraska. She loved to hang the University of Texas flag at the scales at Frito-Lay every time Nebraska played them. She was a true Texas Girl! Loretta found great joy in teasing the growers. Even in her retirement, the growers were always asking about Loretta.
Loretta was a volunteer for Dawson County CASA. She took her position of being a CASA very seriously and did everything she could to make sure every case she had worked out in the best interest of the children. She was a very loving, caring and devoted person.
Loretta had an adventurous spirit. She loved to trout fish with her father which eventually became a lifelong tradition. She said she liked trout fishing because "trout never lived in ugly places". Loretta and Kevin enjoyed white water rafting, hiking, traveling to England and one mishap with a flying machine and the side of her house. Once retired, Loretta filled her time with stained glass, glass work, atving, bird watching, rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, back porch sitting, watching tennis and old movies.
She found great enjoyment in spending time with her grandchildren. She proudly supported them in all of their activities.
Surviving are husband, Kevin Peck of Gothenburg, NE, daughter, Misty (Trent) Schlake of Gothenburg, daughter, Nikki (Clint) Shelton of, Pampa, TX, grandchildren, Alyssa Tatarevich of Amarillo, TX, Summer Tatarevich of Pampa, TX, Bryn Schlake of Gothenburg, and Austin Schlake of Gothenburg, sister, Nancy Jones of Tulia, TX along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends and her beloved dog Frodo.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Van Bonds.
Her amazing love and generosity will be terribly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Book signing will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM with the family present from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
Memorial graveside services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia, Texas with Trent Schlake and Clint Shelton, her sons-in-law, officiating. A reception will follow immediately after the services at First Baptist Church in Tulia. Texas arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.
Memorials may be given to the Dawson County CASA program, 700 North Washington St, Lexington, NE 68850.