Loretta Kay Dyson

loretta dyson

May 5, 1943 ~ May 24, 2023

Born in: Taylorville, Illinois
Resided in: Palmer, Illinois

Loretta Dyson, 80, of Palmer, passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2023, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

Loretta was born May 5, 1943, in Taylorville, the daughter of Thomas Arthur and Helen S. (Friedrich) Dyson.  She graduated from Morrisonville High School with the Class of 1961 and went on to work for many years for Pepsi as a secretary.

Loretta was an amazing daughter.  Upon the death of her father, she gave up her career to take care of her mother.  They did everything together, and especially loved traveling. Loretta was a lifelong member of the Advent Christian Church in Palmer until its closure.  She was an outdoorswoman.  Loretta loved camping, fishing, and was an avid cat lover too.

She was preceded in death by her parents; niece, Lisa Ann Dunkirk; and brother-in-law, Bob Bethard.

Loretta is survived by her sisters, Sharron Bethard of Palmer, and Garnetta (husband, Charles) Shanks of Taylorville; nephew, Randy (wife, Diana) Shanks of Springfield; niece, Regina (husband, Larry) Wilderman of Taylorville; and several great nieces and great nephews.

Graveside Ceremony: 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Morrisonville Cemetery, with Rev. George Elder officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choosing.

The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville with ceremonies.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Loretta, or to offer condolences to her family.


Graveside Ceremony: May 27, 2023 1:00 pm

Morrisonville Cemetery

Morrisonville, IL 62546

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  1. Garnetta and family:
    The Class of 1961 would like to express our thoughts and prayers to your family at this time of sorrow,

  2. Light a CandleTo the Dyson family , I’m so sorry for your loss , forever hold your memories close and Loretta will always have a special place in your heart . I have heard so many stories about “ the twins “ and my sister Marilyn . I think the best one was … someone not sure who had their underwear outside the car driving around the big city of Palmer . Now that was big news back in the day . Loretta was always so kind and had a big heart .

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