Loretta Bernice Marts of St. Clair, MO departed this life in Creve Coeur, MO, on May 15, 2020, having reached the age of eighty-three years and ten months. Loretta was born in Kennett, MO, daughter of Columbus Hopper and Fannie Mae Hopper nee Bishop. On June 30, 1956, she was united in marriage to Donald Leo Marts and five children came to bless this union.
Loretta is survived by her children, Ronald W. Marts and wife, Tara, of St. Louis, MO, Cathy Pickel and husband, Tommie, of St. Louis, Cheryl Whitby and husband, Steven, of St. Peters, MO, Karen Sue Marts Boelling of St. Louis and Tracy Davis and husband, Jeff, of St. Clair, MO; by one brother, Wayne Hopper and wife, Pam, of Cedar Hill, MO; by one sister, Paulette Risha and husband, Bob, of St. Louis; by seven grandchildren, Elizabeth McCabe and husband, Steve, of St. Louis, Krista and Justin Pickel of St. Louis, Nicholas Boelling of St. Louis, Ronni King and husband, Shawn, of St. Louis, Eli Whitby of St. Peters and Isaac Davis of St. Clair; by three great-grandchildren, Colton Pickel of St. Louis and Makaylah and Thea McCabe of St. Louis; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, Columbus and Fannie Hopper; by her husband, Donald Marts, and by two sisters, Annette Powell and Birdette Baker.
Loretta made caring for her home and family her mission in life and never tired of the task. She was a past active member of American Legion Post 347 Ladies Auxiliary of St. Clair, MO. In her younger years as a student, she enjoyed playing basketball and softball. She was an avid reader and a devoted St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. She also enjoyed raising rosebushes, going to the casino and shopping. She loved entertaining friends and spending time with her family. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts. The love they shared and the many precious memories they created will never be forgotten.
A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Private visitation and services were held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the grandchildren officiating. A private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 347 in St. Clair, MO.