Loreata “Rita” Todd


Loreata “Rita” Todd


Loreata “Rita” Todd passed away on Jan. 10, 2013.

She was born on Jan. 13, 1930, the seventh child of Boyd Henry and Fern Idonna (Johnson) Todd, in Modesto, Calif. Loreata married the love of her life, Thomas S. Todd, on June 21, 1949, in Modesto. Tom and Rita returned to Tom’s home state of Wyoming soon after their marriage. While Tom made his living in the oil fields of Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, Rita made a home for them and their seven children.

Those preceding Rita in death are her husband Tom, on March 14, 2012; her parents, Boyd and Fern; her brothers, Uriel, Leith and Noel Todd; her sisters, Idonna Graham, Vida Fraze and Nadine Sanford; a step-grandson, Phillip Buckley; a great-granddaughter, Eloise Baker; and a step-great-grandson Sebastian Layman.

Survivors include her children: sons Bill, Pete, Tom Jr. and Tim Todd; daughters Sheryl Simpson, Karli Cook and Cindy Todd; and their spouse and significant others; sisters Leola Jones, Elva Smith and Reanon Elmor and their spouses; 13 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 37 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-granddaughter.

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  1. Rita was my neighbor and later, my friend. We lived down the road from one another. She used to drop by now and then to see how I was doing, etc. Later another neighbor started the Shangri-La Circle Coffee Klatch and we would meet at her house once a month. Eventually we began taking turns, meeting at a different house each month. When Rita’s turn rolled around, she turned it into a full-blown-meal and served a fabulous breakfast at her home. She was in the kitchen when we arrived, but we all surmised that her husband, Tom, had had more than a small hand in the meal details (if you know what I mean, lol)?

    They were a great couple and wonderful neighbors. I’m pretty sure that I speak for most everyone in Shangri-La Shores when I say that Tom and Rita are missed.

    Take care, Janet Lee

  2. Ginny/Norman Walters

    I immediately became attached to Rita (& Tom) & was thrilled when I was honored with the title of ‘adopted daughter!’ My ‘west coast’ parents will live in my heart forever. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Love, Ginny (& Norman) Walters

  3. To the children of Loreata and Tom.

    Loreata was a very dear friend of ours (and Tom too) and we visited them every month for many years. Loreata talked about her children often and you could tell that she was a wonderful mother; that was her life and she loved it. She was in her glory as a mother and homemaker. Loreata was the kindest person; never had an unkind word to say about anyone. You always felt uplifted after visiting them.

    Rod and Tom would occasionally have a game of cards; both thought they were card sharks — they were pretty evenly matched. It was nice to see how Tom cared for Loreata all those years in Careage Nursing Home; never missed a day spending hours with her there.
    Rod enjoyed talking current events with Tom; he was up on all the latest news — a very sharp guy.

    Sheryl, Karli and Cindy — I’m very sorry that I lost your address after you gave it to me, as I’d intended to write to Loreata. We are glad that your mother is now at rest. She was an angel,

    Evelyn & Rod Grant

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