Santee- Loretta VanLiew, 77 and widow of Thomas Joseph VanLiew passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019. A Graveside Service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2019 at St. John’s Baptist Church Cemetery, 1142 Sugar Hill Dr., Moncks Corner. Her grandson, Ellis Hammond will officiate.
Loretta was born in Sumter to the late Martin and Lanie Ray. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her siblings Beaufort Ray, Martin Ray, Jr., Floyd Ray, Josephine Ray McDonald, Melissa Ray Benehaley, and Della Ray Osborne.
Loretta was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She supported her husband throughout his 22 years of military service. Loretta was a member of Fellowship of Praise in Santee. She enjoyed playing board games and spending time with her grandchildren. Loretta's life was her family and she will be remembered for passionately devoting her life to them.
She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Hammond of Santee, Sherry (Luis) Del Prado of Kingsland, GA; sons Thomas Joseph (Rhonda) VanLiew, Jr. of Summerville and Gerald (Donna) VanLiew of Ladson; sister Pearl Ray Corcoran; grandchildren Ashley Del Prado, Christopher (Courtney) VanLiew, Kari (Thomas) Gritzner, Lauren VanLiew, James Ellis (Hannah) Hammond, and Kenneth Evan Hammond; great grandchildren Abbigail Del Prado, Thomas Robert Gritzner,III and Mason Del Prado and extended family, Kimberly (Robert) Lowder and their children, McKenzie and Brandon.
The family will receive friends at the home of Loretta VanLiew, 117 Cooper Circle, Santee from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers during her illness and special thanks to Gloria McDowell for her loving devotion to their mother.
Avinger Funeral Home, 2274 Eutaw Rd, Holly Hill, SC 29059, is assisting the family. www.avingerfh.com