In Loving Memory of Loris Ketter: 1931-2021

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Born Feb. 2, 1931, in Kingsville, Missouri, Loris J. Ketter was the fourth of eight children of Jesse H. and Anna (Swank) Browning. 

Loris was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sisters, Janice, Theora, Etna and brother Jesse. Her oldest son, Dean, passed one week after Loris. She is survived by Dean’s wife Dorothy; sons David (Linda), Philip (Kathy), Alan, Randy (Jan) and their families. 

In 1944, the Brownings moved to Washington state, settling in Tacoma. Loris went to Roy High School, graduating in 1948. In those years she grew from “the purtiest baby born” to farm girl, apple picker, student, promising model, queen of the junior prom and a college entrant. In 1948, she married Andy Ketter Jr. who had followed her to college and proposed ending her college. Loris and Andy raised five boys on the Ketter Family farm. 

Loris cared for Andy during his disability and worked as secretary at Roy Elementary School for 30 years, while maintaining her service as secretary for the Roy Fire Department and as a volunteer to the Roy Grange and rodeo. 

Loris found time to learn to play the guitar and later the organ for the Roy Missionary Church. Loris enjoyed traveling with her mother and sisters, visiting out of state family and friends in later years. Her boys all live in the area and Loris has enjoyed being active in the lives of 34 grandchildren, 59 great-grands and 19 great-great-grands. 

Love, loyalty and service to God, family and community defined Loris’s life. 

Joint memorial services are planned for Loris and Dean on Aug. 21, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Roy Rodeo grounds. Officiating will be Joseph Schultz of New Beginnings Church in Roy. The memorial is open to the community. Please send memorials to charities of your choice.

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