OBITUARY: Loretta Trout, 85, Family Woman, Sailor and Pentagon Pioneer

Loretta Trout, 1934-2019 (Photo: Trout Family Collection)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Loretta B. Trout, 85, passed away peacefully on December 13, 2019 from endometrium cancer. She was born an only child on March 6, 1934 in Beaufort, NC to Loretta A. and Robert H. Taylor. She is survived by her children, Robert and Roberta, four grandchildren, Timothy, Jennifer, Devin and Sydney, a great-grandchild Aubrey and many cousins.

When Loretta graduated from Beaufort High School, her parents sent her to Alexandria, Virginia to seek employment. At seventeen years old, she was employed as a secretary to the Assistant Secretary of the Army in the Pentagon. She implemented policies and received many awards after 38 years of service (until her retirement). On April 2, 1956 she married Ralph J. Trout from Pittsburgh, PA. Two years later they raised twins, Robert and Roberta and resided in Alexandria, VA for 63 years.

Loretta Trout with her son Bob and a copy of the Zebra newspaper. (Photo: Trout Family Collection)

Loretta was very active in the community being a Sunday school teacher and helping with the monthly pancake breakfast at the Del Ray United Methodist Church. In 1976, she was inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution during the celebration of the Bicentennial. At the Washington Sailing Marina, she was a member of the Sailing Club. Upon her retirement from the government, she was an active participant as President and Treasurer of the Del Ray Senior Citizens, for many years.

Loretta Trout was passionate about people and spent a lifetime of service taking care and helping others. She was concerned about her family and friends, and favored sacrifice, endless and unselfish love. There was always a time for everyone; even her animals had a priority. Loretta enjoyed walking (when she was able) plays, dancing, sailing, crafts, and talking on the telephone. She loved life, people and animals.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria VA 22302.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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