Loretta was born August 28, 1936 in Jackson, Wyoming to Eugene and Florence Robinson (Tucker). She had 3 siblings, Ruby, Kent and Doreen, all who preceded her in death. The family moved near Aladdin, Wyoming to what became known as the Robinson ranch when Loretta was 6 years old. The ranch was close to Belle Fourche, SD where she graduated from high school. She went on to receive a B.A. in Education from Black Hills State University. Loretta was named in the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Later in Colorado she obtained a Master of Arts in Education from Lesley College.
Loretta was married to Sherwin Artus from 1958-1980. Together they had 3 children: David (Michele), Liz Fallon (Tim) and Scott (Jan). She is also survived by her 4 grandchildren Alex, Nicole Bakker (Kyle), Amie Wellard (J.D.) and Isabel, and her 3 great grandchildren Dawson, Cameron and Ava. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren. Her family and her many friends brought special meaning to her life.
Loretta taught school for 3 years in Rapid City, SD and 20 years in Jefferson County, CO. It was a true passion. Her delights were anything to do with nature and being outdoors, dancing, painting, golfing, reading, and of course cheering on the Broncos. She was a long-time member of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Arvada and the Western Steppers dance club.
Loretta supported many causes, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the American Indian Relief Council, the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, her daughter Liz’s choir, the Cherry Creek Chorale, and PBS 6 in Denver.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 28 at 10:30 with a lunch reception and country dancing to follow! www.kog-arvada.org for address and directions. Please note there is a lot of construction going on around the church, so carpool if possible and allow plenty of time to park. Dress is welcome to include: Broncos, Rockies, golf or country-western attire!!
For those who can’t attend, please feel welcome to join virtually: