Loretta
Younkin, Loretta (93) passed away July 17. She was born Loretta Murphy May 7, 1914 in Hoisington, Kansas, and married her husband Wayne in Great Bend, Kansas in 1937. The family moved to Wichita in 1941 and lived there for 15 years. The family then moved to California in 1956. She was employed in the Aerospace Industry working for both Boeing and North American- Rockwell. Loretta lived in the same house in Torrance for 50 years. To all who knew her she became a great friend and a great lady. She was an active member of St James Catholic Church in Torrance and in her senior years was involved in NAIM, Catholic Golden Age and Company Calls at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Loretta was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Wayne. She is survived by 3 sons, Richard, Robert (Dianne) & Stephen (Donna), 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. There will be a visitation from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm with recitation of the rosary at Rice Mortuary in Torrance at 7:30 pm on Monday, July 30. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 31, followed by interment at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to the Little Company of Mary Foundation for the Sister Terrence endowment, 4101 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, California 90503.

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  1. So many fond memories of your parents and our family gatherings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your families. May she soar with the angels, rest with her loved ones and watch over her family here on earth. Peace to you!

  2. Dear Richard, Robert, & Stephen, I am so pleased that I had really gotten a chance to get closer to your mother in the last few years since my own parents death. I know how sad a time this is for all of you, but think how happy she must be to be with friends and family whom she has missed for so long. She lived her life with full faith in God and with true commitment to her family. I know you have many precious memories. She was truly the matriarch of the Murphy family! I had to laugh sometimes because she sounded just like my mother and gave me advice when none was asked for! If that is not a Murphy trait, then I don’t know what is! I will really miss her. Love and prayers go out to you all. Vicky

  3. Loretta was a very nice and caring person. She lived across the street from us for about 45 years. There were times that we would talk and the conversations would mostly be about her family and ours. Loretta has always been very proud of her sons. There have been lots of changes in our neighborhood. It will be sad to know that Loretta no longer lives in the house across the street. Though, we know that she is in a much better place. May God bless you and your family. The Ward family

  4. Loretta was a very nice and caring person. She lived across the street from us for about 45 years. There were times that we would talk and the conversations would mostly be about her family and ours. Loretta has always been very proud of her sons. There have been lots of changes in our neighborhood. It will be sad to know that Loretta no longer lives in the house across the street. Though, we know that she is in a much better place. May God bless you and your family. Ward family

  5. Our hearts go out to Rich, Robert and Stephen, and all their families, during this time of great loss. Bob and I have wonderful memories of Christmases and graduations past shared with Loretta; we’ve always felt like family. Be gentle with yourselves as you reflect on her life and what she’s meant to you. Be well. In peace, love and in solidarity, Nancy and Bob McFarland

  6. Loretta was a wonderful neighbor to my parents and she will be missed very much. I’ll especially miss my occasional chats with her and will fondly remember the friendship and kindness she shared with my family throughout the years.

  7. To my cousins, I want you to know I have had your mom (Aunt Loretta) in my thoughts. I know how difficult a time this is for everyone. It is important to admit how much she will be missed and how she can never be matched though her legacy will continue through you. Mike, Judy, Susan and myself want you also to know we cherish the times we have had with her and Uncle Wayne. All of our love and prayers will be there with you and your families. Love, Joan

  8. Rich and family, At this time of sorrow may these truths sustain you, your Mom will always be as close as a memory and the God of all comfort is always as close as a prayer. Love, Bryan and Kelly

  9. I grew up across the street from Mrs. Younkin. She was a very nice lady. What I remember the most from my younger years about her was going to see the garden she grew in her backyard. On the rare occasion both of my of parents were not home, we always knew Mr.and Mrs. Younkin would be there to help if needed. I will miss waving to her when I visit my mother.

  10. Rich and family: Our love is there for you and we will pray for help from your mother as she is now close to God and we are sure. He is listenging to her every word. God Bless you on how much you loved her and how much she returned that love. It is a beautiful thing and the way Christ intended families to be. We love you, Tom and Madeline Egan

  11. Dear Bob and Dianne, It is obvious your mother had a long and loving life and was blessed with a long marriage and a beautiful family. We keep you and her in our prayers. I wish we could be with you in person, but know that we are all with you in thoughts and prayers. Much love, Bob, Kathy and Alison Burch

  12. Aunt Loretta has always been the glue holding the Murphy family together. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. The Murphy sisters are all together again surrounded by God’s love and light. Blessings to all.

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