Loretta Jane McDonough Clanton Skinner, 69 went to be with her Lord on July 4th, 2014 at Agrace Hospice Care Center in Fitchburg surrounded by her loving family.

Loretta was born in Richland Center on May 19, 1945 to Gordon and Myrtle McDonough. She graduated from Ithaca High School in 1963. The following year she married Bill Clanton and they had two children. She re-married in 1975 to Clifton “Skip” Skinner.

She is survived by her two children:

loving daughter Stacey Marie Clanton-Hopson of Middleton, WI, grandchildren Sam (Tara) Parisi, Raven Hopson, Jordynn Williams, and great grandprincess D’onna

Loving son Paul (Caroline) Clanton of Verona, WI grandchild Bailee Clanton.

Her sister Ruth (Joe) Rut of Muscoda, WI,

Her stepson Kenneth Skinner of Jeffersonville, IN,

Her brothers James (June) McDonough of Richmond, VA

and Harold (Judy) McDonough of Evansville, WI.

She is also survived by her life long best friend Barbara Holton Fritz and many, many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Special family members Lois Clanton, Tasha Clanton Keen, Chad Clanton and Eric Clanton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Billy and Skip, Brother Gordon Jr. sister-in-law Judy and sister Betty (Boop) Dieter.

Loretta was the best mother anyone could ask for. Throughout her life many found themselves calling her mom and she loved it, as we all know how much she loves attention. Her sense of humor and laughter was contagious, even through some of the toughest times. She was the most loving wife, sister and friend. Notable mention that she was her sister Ruth’s favorite sister (sorry Betty Boop).

Loretta enjoyed the sunshine, taking pictures, and keeping in touch with her friends and family whether it is on the phone, her annual Christmas letters or through social media, she always had many silly stories to share with everyone. Loretta was very proud of her Irish Heritage and loved to share that with others. She was a published poet, and made the Deans list while attending college to pursue a Nursing degree in Roswell, NM where she was attending school until she fell ill.

Everyone Loretta would meet made an instant connection with her and she was always praised for how kind she was. Loretta had a heart of gold; she was such a strong woman, and a big influence in many lives that will forever miss her.

Thank you to the staff members at Meriter Hospital and the staff members at Agrace Hospice Care for being so kind and compassionate, also thank you to her Doctors that cared for her over the years.

A special Thanks to Paul and Stacey for filling their mothers last years with love, it will never go unnoticed.

She will live in our hearts and souls till we can meet again. We love you!

A celebration of life service is pending at the Pratt Memorial Chapel in Richland Center, WI. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to the family.