Loretta Elaine Smith

Loretta Elaine Smith, age 65, of Milesville, died Monday, July 23, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Loretta Elaine Sorum was born October 11, 1941, to Asaf and Hazel (Nelson) Sorum in Canton, SD. She grew up in the Fairview area and attended Canton grade and high school, graduating in 1959. Loretta went on to attend the University of South Dakota and Black Hills State College, where she earned her degree in elementary education and art.

She was united in marriage to the "cowboy" of her dreams, George E. Smith, on January 11, 1964 in Philip, South Dakota. They had one daughter, Kristine, and made their home and ranched on the Cheyenne River in northern Haakon County. Loretta had an eye for good Black Angus cows and there never was a calf that couldn't be saved or raised up on a bottle.

Loretta was a teacher for 17 years, teaching at Indian Springs, Plainview, and United Schools in Meade County. She also taught school on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation at Eagle Butte, Cherry Creek, and Bridger. She was especially fond of teaching art to her many students over the years.

The outdoors was Loretta's calling. She was an avid sportswoman and truly enjoyed showing others the wildlife that lived on the Smith Ranch.

After retirement from teaching, Loretta was never with out a craft project or an art project in the works. She truly enjoyed making gifts for her family and friends. Quilting was another one of Loretta's passions. She enjoyed going to quilting shows and making quilts for those in need of some comfort.

Keeping her memory most near are her husband, George, and daughter, Kristine, of Milesville: brother, John (Louise) Sorum, of Fairview, sister-in-law, Vespersia Pennington of Gardner, KS, sister-in-law, Clazena Sorum of Fairview; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father, Asaf Sorum; her mother, Hazel Sorum; her sister as a child, Helen Sorum; and her brother, Robert Sorum.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 27, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com