Loretta Morton, a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and caregiver transitioned to her eternal rest on March 17, 2022. She was surrounded by family,
peace, and love. Born on June 22, 1929, in Ivor, Virginia, Loretta, lovingly known as Ms.Loretta by all who knew and loved her, was the mother of five, grandmother of nine, great
grandmother of eleven, including a fur great-grand Soxx, and great great grandmother to many. She always gave selflessly without expecting anything in return.
After moving to New York in 1942, Ms. Loretta was president of the block association where she raised money to help the community thrive and grow. She raised money to help send
neighborhood children to experience the arts through a Broadway production of The Wiz. In addition to enabling and encouraging children to broaden their artistic horizons, Ms. Loretta also avidly participated in endeavors that provided funds for these children to participate in activities such as summer camp. This spirit of assistance continued even until her last days. No matter the cause, whether school fundraiser or church benefit, Ms. Loretta actively contributed for the good of all.
As a single parent since 1970, Ms. Loretta raised her children to always strive for the best. After moving back to her home state of Virginia in 1980, she began a day care center that she ran from her home. Over 50 children entered Ms. Loretta’s doors, and they were surrounded by love, education, and happiness. These children, who are now grown, have gone on to do great things including graduating from college and graduate school and pursuing careers in teaching, nursing, engineering, realty, service, and psychology, just to name a few.
Never known to say “no,” Ms. Loretta was always willing to help someone in need, no matter the cost, and even down to her last dime. Many generations of family and friends knew that Ms. Loretta was someone they could always count on. Family members such as her late mother and late sisters have benefited from the unselfish and unceasing support and aide that she provided. This help extended beyond family and into her church community as well. Ms. Loretta was an active member of Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church for 37 years, and she served on the Number 1 Usher Board for almost 20 years and participated in the John C. Riddick Senior Ministry until her transition. She received several awards and recognitions from this group that reflected her commitment and service.
Ms. Loretta was preceded in death by her husband Floyd Morton, Sr., former husband Walter Graves, son Lamont Graves, daughter Valerie Smith, mother Nancy Scott, father Rassie Scott, siblings Elizabeth Davis, Elsie Williams, Mary Jane Massenburg, John (Rudock) Thomas, Junnie Scott, George Scott, Beatrice Jones, and her beloved Golden Girls—Mary E. Lee, Ms. Moring, and Willie Mae Hyslop.
She leaves a proud legacy behind including: daughters Sharon Graves and Adrienne Stewart (Ronald, Jr.), son Floyd Morton, Jr.; grandchildren Tevin Morton, Jewel Combs, Felicia Johnson, Anastasia Morton, Sydnei Henry, Ronald Stewart III, Allyce Stewart, Eboni Winford (Brandon); great grandchildren Brendon, Deja, T’Keyah, Damien, Shanese, Tiffany, Arielle, Adrian Jeremiah (“my man”); great great grandchildren Layelle, Destiny, Harmony, King, James, Jamell, J’Layeh, Jayden, Jayce, Amirah, Elonia, and Antonia, two “adopted daughters” Kathy and Patricia; special neighbors her bodyguard Quan, Pat and grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews including a special nephew Raymond Scott (Charmaine), friends, and neighbors.
The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals and organizations who provided support during this time of transition: Amedysis Hospice (especially nurse Tammi and Michelle), Marie Turner, Cherokee Health Systems, and the Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church John C. Riddick Senior Ministry. We would also like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, encouragement, and support—whether tangible or intangible.
We also express our most sincere appreciation for all expressions of love and sympathy that we have received.