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Loretta Hildreth

Loretta Della Hildreth, 79, of Cairo, MO passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Clarence Care Center, with her husband Chuck by her side. Loretta was born February 12, 1940 in Lenox, MO to Alva and Cecil (Matlock) Dawson. Loretta graduated from high school in Licking, MO when she was just 15 years old. She then went onto graduate from beauty college at age 16, working as a cosmetologist for several years. She then went back to school to earn her real estate license, working for Gundaker Realty until 1975. Loretta lived in the suburbs of St. Louis for 17 years, before moving to Randolph County in 1975. In 1975, her husband Chuck built her a beauty shop, from there she continued her job as a cosmetologist for the next 42 years, closing shop in 2017. She was also known around her area as being a Mary Kay consultant. She was a very active member of the Jacksonville/Cairo Christian Church, and even taught Sunday school. Before her children came along, she loved to go fishing and hunting with her husband. Loretta was a social butterfly, she loved to be around people. She started the Cairo Red Hats Society, loved to play cards, especially a good game of Uno, and while not a quilter herself, she was always placed in charge of the Quilt Show at Pioneer Days. Loretta is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Lee Dawson; sisters, Lola Parker, Leta Edwards and Lillie Slayton. Survivors include her husband, Chuck Hildreth; her sons, Fred (Stephanie) Hildreth of Kansas City, MO, and Frank Hildreth of Higbee, MO; grandchildren, Zachary Hildreth of Kansas City, MO, Bryce, Alyssa and Brett Hildreth of Moberly, MO; great grandchildren, Rylan, Wesley and Paizlee of Moberly, MO; sister, Lois Werner of St. Louis, MO; extended family and close friends. Services celebrating Loretta's life will be held Monday, September 9, 2019 at 12:00 noon at Pathway Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Grand Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held on September 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. till time of service, at Pathway Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are appreciated to the Jacksonville/Cairo Christian Church, 104 Baker St, Cairo, MO 65239.

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My deepest condolence to Chuck and the family! She was an amazing person! I loved getting my hair done from her. My family loved and respected both Chuck and Loretta. My brother George loved sitting around the barber and that old soda machine!!!!! I loved taking my boys by the barber shop! Chuck you and Loretta always made me smile. Loretta gave some good parenting tips! If there boys came home sick; they didn't get to watch tv!!!!! Lolol My kids didn't miss much school. Those little tips paid off! I'll remember you all in my prayers!!!!! Linda

Linda Walsh Gravitt Sep 9 2019 10:01 PM

Have missed Loretta since moving out of state. I always enjoyed coming to her salon, she was a gentle, kind-hearted Christian who loved people and had a generous spirit. I'm sorry for your loss, Chuck. May the Lord bless you and keep you now and always.

Roxi Sep 9 2019 9:04 AM

Death never seems fair, but at least we take solace in the fact that our loved ones are relieved from their suffering.

Sue (Burnett) DeLay Sep 7 2019 6:13 PM

Chuck, I am so sorry to hear this. Linda & Terry were here today, visiting me in Ballwin on the way to visiting Stape . Told me about Loretta. She was a great lady & so much fun to visit with, plus did a good job on my hair! HA! I know you have had some rough years, but were such a good husband and caregiver. My sympathy & prayers for you & your boys. Patsy

Patsy Heddinghaus Sep 6 2019 11:25 PM

Loretta was the sister I never had. We had lots of fun doing things together and with our husbands. We would go on adventures and shopping with the red hat ladies or shed want to go shopping somewhere and drag me along. She would come to Moberly usually once a week and pick me up from work to go to lunch, usually Taco Bell , we both loved, but hubbies didnt!! We talked and shared everything... played mexican dominos for several years on new year s eve. She will always be in my memories and hope to be with her again someday.

Phyllis Sep 6 2019 5:45 PM

Loretta would pick me up and take me to church every Sunday. I chose her as my Christian friend and even though I didnt see or talk to her much she will always hold a special place in my heart. She was a kind and caring person who was loved by everyone

Karen Parker (Garbulski) Sep 6 2019 1:32 PM