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Loretta May Phillips-Johnson

Loretta May Phillips-Johnson, 68, of Nespelem, Washington, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019. She was born Thursday, May 31, 1951, in Union Gap, Washington, to Matthew and Maggie Johnson-Phillips. Cheerleader and member of the high school band, Loretta graduated from Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma, and went on to study health care at Kansas University. Most recently, a CNA with the Colville Convalescent Center in Nespelem, Washington, Loretta was previously employed at various places during her working life, including: Harrah Farms, Mount Adams Furniture Factory and as a teacher with Harrah Headstart.

A member of the Sacred Heart Mission Catholic Church in Nespelem, Washington, Loretta was a proud member of the Yakama Nation, enjoyed going too pow-wows and participating in Traditional Dance. When not rooting for "America's Team" – The Dallas Cowboys, Loretta enjoyed finding bargains at yard sales and loved just spending time going for rides in the hills.

Predeceased by both of her parents; her husband, Thomas Johnson; brothers: Melvin Phillips, Elery Phillips and Henry Phillips, and sisters: Pauline Miller and Vernite Phillips; Loretta's legacy lives on through her daughter, Louisa Johnson; grandchildren: Yasmine Battise and Olivia Battise; brother, Tyronne Pierre; sisters: Rosaline James and Darlene Phillips as well as numerous nephews and nieces whom she adored.

Loretta's dressing was 2 p.m., Friday, October 11, 2019, at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, Washington. Her wake - Friday, October 11, 2019, at 7 p.m. and her Sunrise Funeral Service on Saturday, October 12, 2019 were both held at the Catholic Long House in Nespelem, Washington. Burial followed at the Catholic Cemetery in Nespelem, Washington.

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting her family.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for Loretta's family.


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