Loretta May Kesterson McMenamin, 87, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2022 surrounded by family after a several month valiant battle following a motor vehicle accident.
Born on May 1, 1935 to Lelia Bauserman and William Kesterson of Staunton, Virginia, and raised in Alexandria, Loretta leaves behind her husband of 65 years, Lester “Mac” McMenamin; daughter Cathy Phillips; son David McMenamin; grandchildren Brett Phillips and Ashley Phillips; sister Wilda Armstrong; great-grandchildren Keaton and Emily Phillips; granddaughter-in-law Heidi Phillips; and son-in-law Martin Hendrix.
Loretta, captain of the cheerleading squad, met Mac, captain of the basketball team, at George Washington High School in Alexandria and the two became high school sweethearts. Though her family never ever requested it, Loretta felt it necessary through the years to reenact her favorite GW cheer, Strawberry Shortcake.
Taking on the role of a naval officer’s wife, Loretta seamlessly commandeered the migration of her family throughout the country for twenty years, always orchestrating the transition and well-being of her husband and children before thinking of herself. Working full time in school systems in various states, Loretta’s passion and priority remained her family, followed closely by the tight friendships she made and cherished until her passing. Upon finishing military life, Loretta worked at The Fredericksburg Savings and Loan until her retirement. In retirement, she relished traveling, gardening, and playing Bridge and Mahjong.
Loretta never looked for a spotlight. Somehow, the spotlight just found her and followed her, lighting her up as the beacon she will always be. She thrived and drew strength from anything and everything that involved the gathering of those she loved, to celebrate . . . well, to celebrate anything.
The celebration of Loretta’s life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford. There will be wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, and live keyboard music. Casual, comfortable dress.
Of course we grieve Loretta’s passing. Above that, we give thanks for the blessings that she shared with us during her life.
In lieu of anything, Loretta would want you to use your resourses to enjoy life.