Loretta Flynn

Obituary of Loretta Flynn

     Loretta Darniel Hayes Flynn, 83, of Lindsborg, Kansas, passed away in the early morning of Thursday, April 26, 2018.

     Loretta was born on October 11, 1934 in Smith County, KS, the youngest child of Alvy Dell and Nellie Melvina (Atwood) Hayes.   She attended the one-room school house, Barefoot Nation in Smith County KS, through 8th grade before attending and graduating from Lebanon High School in 1952.   At the age of 19, she married her high school sweetheart, Dale Dean Flynn in 1953.    After a brief time in Hastings, Nebraska, the couple moved back to Lebanon as owners/operators of Flynn’s Supermarket.    In 1969, they moved to Lindsborg, Kansas where she worked as administrator and business manager of their own business, Flynn Plumbing and Electric.   She was very creative and enjoyed sewing, painting, flower arranging and more.   She enjoyed family gatherings and reunions, particularly those over the 4th of July and Christmas holidays.  When she and Dale were younger, they enjoyed water skiing, roller skating and motorcycling regularly.   In addition, they liked to travel … making some trips abroad.  However, their most frequent travels were to Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico - often on motorcycles, later on in their camper.   These travels sparked her fondness of native American jewelry and a great card game or two.    They also frequented numerous parades throughout Kansas over the years, showcasing their convertibles, dogs and costumes.   

     Loretta is survived by her husband Dale of 64 years, Lindsborg, KS; daughter Jilinda D. Flynn of McPherson, KS; Brian D. (Peggy) Flynn of Moundridge, KS; Mark A. (Laura) Flynn of Lindsborg, KS and Jerri R. (Daniel) Hanus of Cincinnati, OH; one sister, Loyce D. Rotman of Gothenburg, NE; seven grandchildren, James Berry (Sherrie) of McPherson  KS, Shannon and Ellie Flynn of Lindsborg, KS, Emma Flynn of Salina KS and Andrew, Zachary and James Hanus of Cincinnati OH; two great-grandchildren, Desseray Berry of Great Bend, KS and Danny Berry of McPherson KS; one great-great-grandchild, Thomas Norder of Great Bend, KS.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Dell and Nellie Hayes; and her brother, Loyd D. Hayes; and a grandson, T. Nelson Berry.

     Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018 at Christians Funeral Home.

     Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Nancy Crowl, officiating.  Burial will follow in Smoky Hill Cemetery at Coronado Heights.

     Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice & Homecare of Reno County, Lindsborg Community Hospital, McPherson Animal Shelter, or Trinity United Methodist Church.  Memorials may be sent in care of Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg, KS 67456.