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Loretta Aldean Longfellow

March 19, 1935 ~ September 7, 2019 (age 84)

Loretta Aldean Longfellow, 84, of Washington passed away at 7:42am Saturday, September 7, 2019, in the emergency room of OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria

She was born March 19, 1935 in Greeley, MO the daughter of Eligah and Myrtle Nash Thompson. She married Earl “Bud” Longfellow on August 31, 1963 in Hoopeston, IL.  He passed away on November 28, 2018.  Four brothers and one sister also preceded her in death.

Surviving are three sons and their families, Thomas Andrew (Deborah) of Ellicott City, MD, Gregory Alan (Heather) and their children Kathryn and Philip of Washington IL and Kevin Scott (Carla) and their children Lindsay (Nahum) Sotelo and their daughter Eleanor of Washington IL, Lauren of Washington, IL and Landon of Washington IL.

Loretta graduated Salem High School in Salem, Mo and then attended Draughon School of Business in Little Rock, AR. After moving to Washington, she was a co-owner of Interstate Battery with her husband Earl for many years.  Loretta was a former member of the Washington Fine Art Society and enjoyed painting with her friends.  She formerly owned the Washington Art Gallery for 8 years.  She was a Cub Scout leader and Sunday School Secretary at Washington Christian Church where she was a long time member.  She and Earl loved to travel, taking trips to all 50 states and Europe. Most of all she enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s school events.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00am, Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Washington Christian Church.  Pastor Jeff Browning will officiate.   Visitation will be from 9:30am until 10:45am Thursday, also at the church.  Burial will follow her service at Glendale Cemetery in Washington.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be given to Washington Christian Church.  To share a memory or send a condolence please visit

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