She was born in Clay County Dec. 1, 1924, the daughter of John and Sarah (Blankenship) Hall. Loretta graduated from Staunton High School where she was valedictorian of her senior class.
Loretta married Charles "Bill" Deakins March 25, 1944.
Loretta started her banking career at Merchants Bank in Terre Haute. She then went to work for Brazil Trust Co., as a bookkeeper. She retired from banking at First Bank and Trust as a director and Vice President. Loretta attended Wisconsin Banking School for three summers. Loretta was a past member of Peniel United Methodist Church, and had more recently become a member at the First Christian Church.
She was also a member of the Business and Professional Women, Staunton Alumni Association, and the Clay Community Building Trades. Loretta had also served as the treasurer of Cornerstone Christian Academy as well as many other organizations in her career as a community servant. In her free time, she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband Charles "Bill" Deakins, daughters Linda "Sue" Payton (Ed), Brazil, Rita "Jill" Barnes and the late Harry K. Barnes, Brazil, Cathy Hoffman (Chuck), Owensboro, grandchildren Anthony "Tony" Payton (Linda), Todd William Payton (Heather), Andrea Debren Sluis (Kevin), Brian Deakins Barnes, Kernon Ray Barnes (Nicole), Sarah Rene Gore (Martin), Whitney Elaine Hoffman, Nicholas Charles Hoffman, and Hannah Hall Hoffman, great-grandchildren Seth Payton, Madison Payton, Stacy Payton, Dawson Payton, Riley Payton, Natalie Sluis, Graham Sluis, Rebecca Gore, Caroline Gore, Jonas Barnes, and Sophia Barnes, and sister Ruth Ellen Moore, Colton, Calif.
Services for Loretta will be at French Funeral Home, Brazil, Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 1 p.m., with Pastors Chris Gregg and Todd Payton officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday, from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.