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Loretta Catherine Murchland Freepons ’51

Loretta Catherine Murchland Freepons ’51, August 9, 2012, in Prosser, Washington. Loretta hailed from Ellensburg, Washington, and attended Reed for a year. She left the college and joined her parents to become a pioneer farmer north of Prosser in Washington’s Roza Irrigation Project. In 1949, she married a young Roza farmer, Gaylord Freepons, and they raised seven children. Loretta was a voracious reader, and a seamstress, gardener, tractor driver, and bookkeeper. She enjoyed Lower Valley Community Concerts, Capital Theatre events, and the Seattle Opera. Survivors include her children, 15 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 2004.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2012

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