NLJ Staff


Oct. 2, 1934–Feb. 23, 2020

Loretta Mae (Caulkins) Ackley, born Oct. 2, 1934, in Rapid City, S.D., passed Sunday, Feb. 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, Calif., and they married on Feb. 4, 1972. They moved to Newcastle, Wyo., 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. 

Her family said, “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 S. Railroad Ave., Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at meridianmortuary.com.


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