In memory of
Loretta M. Major
Loretta Rosemary Mann Major, a true and faithful daughter of Christ was peacefully called home to our Lord, Thursday, January 12th in Tampa, Florida.
Loretta served her family and community throughout her 96 years. Born in Detroit, Michigan, August 1, 1920, third in a family of 6 children. She grew up through the Great Depression and attended nursing school at Mercy College, where she received her degree as a Registered Nurse. In 1943 she enlisted in the Navy and served with distinction in the Pacific theater, treating the battle wounded and reaching the rank of First Lieutenant.
After the war, she graduated from Catholic University in Washington D.C. and in 1949 married a true gentleman, Charles (Charlie) Major, an army veteran from Westmoreland County, Virginia.
Through the 1960's, while raising 4 children, she served as a public health nurse in Prince George County, Md and remarkably at the age of 50, enrolled at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She went on to earn her Masters of Public Health degree and become the Director of Nursing of Prince George County.
Outside of her professional career, as her children were young, she was active on the community council and as a Girl Scout troop leader. Later in life, the many people who knew her can attest to her role as mentor and spiritual guide, especially to those in need from addiction. A fervent advocate of our blessed Mother Mary, she formed numerous
prayer groups to share the teachings of Our Lady. She also led the publishing of the book, The Divine Will.
Loretta was the loving wife of the late Charles Major. She was predeceased by son Michael Major, and survived by Christine Pierce, Susan Dwyer, David Major, brother Frank Mann, sister Helen Misenar, grandchildren Alisa Pierce-Kee, Michael Pierce, Kevin Dwyer, Charles Major and great-grandchildren Eli and Sidney Pierce-Kee.
Loretta was always a smart, accomplished and vibrant women who was blessed with an active life that continued into her 90's. She will be missed by so many whose lives she touched.
Mom, go home to the Lord and our departed family and friends. Make a path for us to follow.
For you have fought the good fight,
you have finished the race,
you have kept the faith.
All services will be held at St Timothy Catholic Church, Lutz Fla. Viewing is Thurs. Jan.19, 5 to 7pm. Funeral Mass Friday, Jan 20, at 9 am. Reception immediately follows in the church hall. After the reception the funeral, burial will be held at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell Fla.
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