Loretta Gayle Heinz

Loretta Gayle Heinz (Thompson, Wright), 80, passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2023. She was born and raised in Alamosa, Colo., and lived for many years in Santa Maria, Calif., and Mesa, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Perry and Ila Mae Thompson and her brother, Gary Thompson.

She is survived by her two daughters, Rhonda Hunter of Mesa, Ariz., and Shelly Brunelle of Laconia, N.H. She leaves three grandchildren: Travis Hunter, Corey Hunter and Ashley Brunelle and one great-granddaughter, Michelle Hunter.

She was very lucky to have lifelong friends and extended family members to whom she remained close.

She had many careers including office support, working at The Sands, traveling the produce circuit, owning the Wounded Moose and working for Arizona Department of Corrections Training Deptartment.

She was a perpetual optimist despite her health challenges. She was funny and kind! Everyone who knew her well would attest to these facts.

She requested that upon her passing, everyone should read her favorite poem “The Dash”. She had a good life and will be greatly missed!

There will be a small memorial/celebration of life at a later date to be announced.