Loretta Vandenburg Price, 80, the daughter of George Everett and Ertis Eliza (Kiger) Vandenburg was born March 24, 1932, on a farm west of Nevada, Mo., and passed from this life Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs, Mo., surrounded by her family and church family singing praises to God.
Loretta attended school at Metz, Badger, and then Walker, where she graduated in 1951 as class valedictorian. On May 5, 1957, she was united in marriage to Newton Andy Price, the love of her life, and to their union three children were born. Loretta spent her life caring for her children and later her grandchildren. She cherished family times with each and every one of them and in her later years adored her great-grandchildren. She always also enjoyed taking care of the animals -- cows, hogs, cats, and dogs.
The last three years she had been attending Myrtle Tree Fellowship in Rich Hill, Mo. She looked forward to the hugs from her church family each week.
Survivors include her three children, Linda Schlueter and her husband, Warren, of Hume, Mo., Wilbur Price and his wife, Lisa, of Schell City, Mo., and Mildred Salsbury and her husband, George, of Harwood, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Dwan Baker and Ron, Dustin DowDell and Kalee, Rebecca Forgey and Matt, Jeremy Price and Monica, Nona Salsbury, Mary Ann Schlueter, and Andrew Schlueter; eight great-grandchildren, Hunter, Desarae, and Nathan Baker, Dusty and Kody DowDell, Andy Price, Remington and Kimberlin Loretta Forgey; one brother, George Vandenburg and his wife, Wilma, of Richards, Mo.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Edna; one brother, Leonard; and her husband, Newton.
Funeral services for Loretta Vandenburg Price were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the First Baptist Church, Schell City, Mo., with the Revs. Jonathan Beckett, Robert Titus, and Jack Stout officiating. Musical selections were provided by Sharon Goodman and Allen and Vicky Cumpton. Pallbearers were Andrew Schlueter, Jeremy Price, Dustin DowDell, Matt Forgey, Ron Baker, Jack Stout, Allen Cumpton, and Victor Recinos. Interment was in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Schell City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Myrtle Tree Human Video Ministry, Rich Hill.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City.