Loretta Halsey

loretta halsey
Loretta Holmberg Halsey, a resident of New Braunfels, passed away at her home on Tuesday January 24, 2023 at the age of 79. Born on September 13th, 1943 in Cuero, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Holmberg and Brittie Cleghorn. Loretta graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1965 with a bachelors degree in elementary education. Following graduation, she went to work for American Airlines as a flight attendant and later as an instructor at American’s in-flight academy. She was married to Marcus Halsey of Lubbock, Texas on October 30th, 1971 and moved to Houston to manage the inflight department at Continental Airlines. She stepped away for several years to raise her two sons and later returned to work for American Airlines training and consulting and later with United Healthcare working in project management and retired at the age of 72. In her later years she was extremely active in community outreach with Seeds of Love, Al-Anon, and her Sunday school class at First United Methodist Church here in New Braunfels. Loretta is survived by her sister Jo Ann Strickland, brothers Bobby Hugg and his wife Cindy, James Hugg and his wife Susan, sister-in law Sudie Graham, son Marcus Halsey and his wife Janette, grand-daughters Justice Halsey and Kristen Holzhaus and her husband Grady, great-grandson Hayden Castro and great grand-daughter Madelyn Holzhaus, nephews Adam Graham and his wife Gina, Ben Rhodeland and his wife Amelia, Conner Strickland, Samuel Hugg and nieces Abbi Hearne and her husband Callen, Ellie Hugg, great-nephew Hudson Graham and great-niece Hyder Hearne. In addition to her parents Loretta is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Marcus Hopkins Halsey, son Bradford Halsey, sister Linda Hugg, and brother-in-law Don Strickland. Memorial services for Loretta will be held on February 4th at 11AM at First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels, Texas. Donations in her honor can be made to Seeds of Love at seedsofloveoutreach.com/donate.

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  1. Loretta was truly loved by our Mom & our family. With our deepest sympathy, the Shughart Family (Bob, Bev, Becky & Frank)

  2. Oh Loretta. I have such good memories of doing book studies at your home with some special people. You and your very friendly dog volunteered to host these. Those irises in the yard were so lovely; that front porch was so inviting, very much like you! Love, Nancy R

  3. Loretta welcomed me with open opens and an open heart. She was an incredible mentor and friend. She will not be forgotten.

  4. Loretta & I had such a great time going to hear the, “Pasty Cline” play in NB. So fun! We loved it! Thanks for many memories! ♥️.

  5. Loretta & Family,

    Thank you for being so genuine. You always made our family feel special, driving Daddy around and cooking Mother that Pound Cake! Always contributing anyway you could. I think of your kindness as being planted on the banks of the Comal River. I can still see the understanding in your eyes. Thank you for coming into my life.

    Cheryl Beavers Adams

  6. I had the privilege of being loretta’s, hairstylist for probably the last 10 years. I really enjoyed hearing her stories of her family. She was a very special lady, my sympathy to the family.

  7. Loretta was beautiful, kind and caring.
    She was also such a great friend, we spent many of dinners at Applebees which I will forever be grateful.
    She was much loved and will be missed greatly.
    With love her fellow Virgo, Wendy❤️

  8. Loretta was truly one of those people as they say that once you have met them,you are never the same. She was truly a blessing to us and always so positive. We are lucky to have crossed paths with her.

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