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Loretta Mae Ackley

October 2, 1934 ~ February 23, 2020 (age 85)


Loretta Mae (Caulkins) Ackley, born October 2, 1934 in Rapid City, South Dakota, passed Sunday February 23, 2020 unexpectedly due to heart complications.

Loretta is survived by the love of her life and perfect partner, Lyle Harry Ackley; her daughters Kristin (Bostwick) McDonnell (Kevin McDonnell) and Dawn (Ackley) Borghesi (Jeff Palazzo); grandchildren Kameron McDonnell, Lauren (Borghesi) Soanes and Justin Borghesi; two great grandchildren; and her brother Leon Caulkins.

Loretta met Lyle in Redding, California and they married on February 4, 1972. They moved to Newcastle, Wyoming in 1999, where Lyle grew up. They loved living here, making special friends, being close to their very dear sister-in-law, Myrna (Ackley) Kaiser and attending the Country Church – but mostly living in their home with each other and their beloved dog Atticus.

Loretta, as many have commented, was regal, strong, loving and spiritual. She loved the Lord and we know she is happy to be home. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary 111 South Railroad Ave, Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at

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