Loretta Joyce Mai
Hazelton, Idaho - Loretta Mai, of Hazelton, the beloved wife of Kelly Mai and loving mother of Scot and Curtis Mai, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Loretta was born Aug. 1, 1956, in Twin Falls, Idaho, the daughter of Howard and Mary Conrad. She loved being on the farm with her Dad and helping her mom with the garden and flowers. During high school, she showed registered quarter horses all over the northwest. She was a member of the Burley High School Stepperettes, graduating in 1974.
Loretta married Kelly Mai on Aug. 23, 1974. She, Kelly, and the boys lived, farmed, and raised Polled Shorthorn cattle in the Burley area until March of 1989, when they relocated to Hazelton, Idaho. She loved being a homemaker and taking care of her boys. They were the joy of her life. The house was always overflowing with friends and family. Loretta’s home was the place to be. Everyone joined in with the chores and Loretta always had plenty of the best food for everyone.
Loretta could hardly wait for summer and camping and winter and snowmobiling. Many trips were made over the years with family and friends creating memories none of us will ever forget.
Loretta, the words you wrote to Scot in your letter to him, are our words to you: Our memories of your life are so many it would take from now until eternity to write them all down. You are now gone from our sight but we will forever hold you in our hearts and minds. Your struggle and pain are over. You fought the good fight! Your chores here on earth are done and you are now united with your precious, Scot.
Loretta is survived by her best friend and husband, Kelly; her son, Curtis (Jackie) Mai; grandson, Carson Mai; granddaughters, Josie and Ella Mai all of Hazelton; her father, Howard Conrad; her sister, Julie (Roger) Sievers; brothers-in- law, Larry Mai, Phil (Verna) Mai, and Blaine (Renee) Mai; sisters-in-law, Julie (Rich) Vegel, and Holly Mai; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son Scot; her mother, Mary; her grandparents; her father and mother-in-law, Alex and Jean Mai; a brother-in-law, Leon Mai; and one sister-in-law, Elda Mai.
She was a loving and wonderful wife, spectacular mother, and the most loving and caring grandma – ever. We will greatly miss you, and hold dear our memories of you and our times together.
A celebration of Loretta’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec.15, 2012, at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, where friends may call from Noon to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service on Saturday.
The family suggests that in Loretta’s memory, memorials be directed to Hospice Visions, 1770 Parkview Dr., Twin Falls, ID 83301, or to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 1335 Basswood Rd., Schaumberg, IL 60173.