Loretta Pauline (Mattson) Henry, age 87, of Indio, California passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017, after a short illness.
A Catholic mass and funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert. Internment will be on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Riverside National Cemetery.
Loretta was born on July 3, 1929 in Conception, Missouri in her parents' family home. She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Katherine Mattson, three brothers; Edward, Henry ("Nick") and John Mattson as well as two sisters; Frances (Mattson) Worley and Alfreda (Mattson) Wilmes.
While traveling by bus from Colorado to California, Loretta met a young airman, who was to become her beloved husband. They married on August 27, 1955 and were married for 45 years.
Loretta and her late husband Paul built a life together in Fontana, California where they resided for 37 years and raised six amazing children. Together, they operated the Fontana Glass and Mirror Company. Loretta loved children and she was well-known as the local babysitter. Kids would daily join the Henry children until their parents returned from work. Often, once they were picked up, the kids returned to finish playing whatever game, activity or sport had begun. Loretta was a devoted Catholic and the entire family attended Resurrection Church in Fontana. She was a fiendish bingo player, a good blackjack player, and a steady hand in cribbage.
Loretta is remembered with love and affection by her son Francis (Mickey) Henry and his wife Jennifer, her son Paul Henry, Jr. and his wife Kim, her daughter Mary (Henry) Garrigues, her son Steven Henry and his wife Sheila, her son John Henry and his wife Lisa, and her son Patrick Henry and his wife Julie. Loretta is cherished by her 12 grandchildren, Keith and Amber; Jennifer, Catherine, and Joseph; Tyler, Ashley and Sam; Seth and Jacqui; Ryan; Charles, and 10 great grandchildren.
She was a great mother and will be missed by all who loved her.
In lieu of flowers, Loretta's family encourages people to send a gift to the Alzheimer's Association which can be found at alz.org.
FitzHenry-Wiefels Indio has been entrusted with arrangements.
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