Loretta A. Hagler, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away on September 7, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones in Arnold, Missouri. She was born on May 13, 1937, in Saint Louis, Missouri. Loretta's legacy is one of love, compassion, and a profound dedication to her family and community.
Growing up in the Hancock school district, Loretta had a zest for life from an early age. She was an active member of her school community and excelled in both soccer and basketball. These team sports taught her the value of teamwork and perseverance that she carried throughout her life.
After completing her education, Loretta embarked on a journey that would shape the lives of those around her. She married the love of her life, James N. Hagler, and together they built a strong foundation based on love, respect, and unwavering support for one another.
Loretta's proudest accomplishments centered around her faith and service to others. She attended First Baptist Church before becoming an active member of Encounter Church. Her devotion to her faith was evident in every aspect of her life. Loretta's unwavering belief in kindness and compassion guided her to dedicate countless hours to volunteering at the Family Life Center.
In addition to her work within the community, Loretta had many hobbies and interests that brought her joy. Making ceramics allowed her to express her creativity while photography enabled her to capture moments filled with love and laughter. Loretta’s eye for beauty could be seen in every picture she took as she lovingly edited each one to perfection.
Loretta's warm spirit extended beyond herself as she cherished time spent with family and friends. She leaves behind a loving legacy for generations to come including daughter Christi (Bill) Reed, son David (Beverly) Basden, daughter Renee Pogue, son James P. Hagler, daughter Barbara Thompson, brother John (Barbara) Williford, sister Loreen (Don) Meyers, brother Robert (the late Chris) Williford, 16 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a host of other family members and dear friends.
Loretta was preceded in death by her father John D. Williford, mother Loretta K. Hammersmith, husband James N. Hagler, and sister Barbara Williford. Their memories will forever be cherished in the hearts of those who loved her.
Visitation services to honor Loretta's life will be held at the John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Homes - South County Chapel in St. Louis on September 12, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The funeral service will take place on September 13, 2023, at 11:00 AM at the same location.
Loretta A. Hagler's departure from this world leaves a void that cannot be filled; however, her memory will continue to inspire and touch the lives of all those who were fortunate enough to know her. As we mourn the loss of such an incredible soul, let us also celebrate the life she lived—a life defined by love, faith, and unwavering devotion to her family and community.
May you rest in eternal peace, dear Loretta A. Hagler. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
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