Obituary for Mrs. Loretta Lou Leighton

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Mrs. Loretta Lou Leighton

February 14, 1932 - June 26, 2017

Loretta Lou Leighton, 85, of Decatur, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017, at her home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11 AM at First Presbyterian Church, 119 E. Delaware St., Decatur, officiated by Pastor John Brown. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family Thursday, June 29, 2017, from 4PM until 7PM at Newell Chapel, 83313 M51, Decatur. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or the Decatur Food Pantry. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Loretta was born on February 14, 1932, in Decatur, to Lee & Irma Osborn. After high school she attended Parson Business School in Kalamazoo. On September 4, 1951, Loretta married the love of her life, Keith Leighton, in Decatur. She worked as a secretary for Davis Elementary for 24 years. She was also the pianist and organist at her church for 30 years. Loretta was famous for her home-made pies and baked them every Sunday for whomever showed up for Sunday dinner, but also for church bazaars and community functions for years. She took great pride in all her children, grand children and great-grandchildren, as well. She made baby blankets for all of them and for hundreds of babies of friends and family. These blankets became ‘special blankies’ for almost all of those lucky enough to have one.

Loretta is survived by her husband of 65 years Keith; children, Cathy (John) Duda of South Haven, Michael (Nancy) Leighton of Decatur, Matthew Leighton of Schoolcraft, Julie Leighton of Decatur and Gordon (Marisa) Leighton of Lawton; grandchildren, Amber, Little Jon, Keith, Amy, Michael, Parker, Kennedy, Karson, Lee, Ashley, Danielle, Derek, Brandon and Luke; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister, Buena Mae Kraak. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lora Lee Mejeur; daughter-in-law, Trisha Leighton; brother-in-law, Frank Kraak.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Service Information

Date: Friday, June 30, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

First Presbyterian Church

119 E. Delaware St., Decatur

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, June 30, 2017

Lakeside Cemetery


Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Memorial Information

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Decatur Food Pantry.


Timeline for Loretta Lou Leighton

Born: February 14, 1932
Died: June 26, 2017

Condolences for Loretta Lou Leighton

Danean Baker posted on 6/29/17

Loretta was a wonderful woman. She always had a smile. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family.


Bill & Sue Hoekstra posted on 6/29/17

Bill & I are very sorry for your loss.


Deb krikke posted on 6/29/17

To the family, so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful lady she was. One of the great ones. My prayers are with you all.


Penny Siver posted on 6/29/17

What a great Mother, Wife, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister and friend she was. One time in the summer I was on my way down to the Great Lake of the Woods and stopping in at the Leightons to see if anyone was going to the lake. I ask for a glass of water and Mrs Leighton gave me a jar with water and ice cubes in it and told me just to make sure I brought the jar back on my way home. It's the little things you remember. All my thoughts and prayers are with the Leighton family


Mary Weaver posted on 6/29/17

She was a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Leighton family.