Loretta Alden

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Loretta Alden went to be with her Lord on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2013, at the age of 79.
Services will be on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Lloyd James Funeral Chapel with Bro. Alley Burton officiating and eulogy by Craig Alden. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery with Craig Alden, Mark Alden, Curtis Alden, Wilfred Litler, Clyde Skipper, Rene Soto, Bart Hisel, John Mulder, Charles Sams and Bill Bomar serving as pallbearers.
Loretta Litzler was born in September 1934 in Houston to the late Willie and Erma Dahse Litzler. After high school she attended the University of Houston and at the same time worked for Brown & Root Corp. as a typist and stenographer. She married James Alden in May of 1953 in Houston after he was commissioned as an Air Force second lieutenant and completed flying training. Loretta and James were both raised in the Episcopal Church. She spent her life as a homemaker, raising seven children and 14 grandchildren. She lived in Tyler for the past 42 years. She taught Bible for many years and did other church work. She worked with PTAs, Girl Scouts and many other civic organizations. She was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, with Litzler family being here before Texas became a state. She received many types of appreciations for her work but was really delighted when a Texas governor presented her with a commendation and a flag flown over the Texas capitol. Although a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, she later attended Southern Oaks Baptist Church with her daughter for several years. Loretta was very proud that all seven children graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and later received several associate degrees, six bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees and one doctorate. Loretta believed in always doing the right thing and doing her best, which she did. She was a valiant and gracious lady. She was liked and loved by many.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, James V. Alden; children, Craig Alden and wife Alane, of Lancaster, Calif., Elisabeth Skipper and husband Clyde, of Lindale, Mark Alden and wife Denise, of Angola, Africa, Curtis Alden, of Houston, Jennifer Alden, of Tyler, Susanne Alden and husband Chris Aradipiotis, of London, England, and Melanie Soto and husband Rene, of New Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Spencer Alden Swift and husband Brandon, Amber Alden, Laura Skipper Hisel and husband Bart, Danielle Skipper Mulder and husband John, Cassie Skipper, Amy Skipper, Megan Alden, Jonathan Alden, Jessica Alden, Christopher Alden, Matthew Soto, Leighton Soto, Gabriel Soto and Ethan Soto; sister, Carol Martin, of New Braunfels; and brother, Wilfred Litzler, of Seattle, Wash.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Lloyd James Funeral Home
1011 East First Street | Tyler, TX 757013308 | (903) 597-6611
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