Loretta Prettyman - Former Ruston City Clerk-Treasurer 1960-1990

posted Jun 11, 2018, 10:37 AM by Town Clerk

Loretta (Rita) Prettyman Former Ruston Town Clerk, Loretta (Rita) Prettyman (93) died peacefully in her sleep, Friday, May 25, 2018 at Brookdale of Puyallup Hospice. Born March 6, 1925 at Tacoma General Hospital to Frederick and Mildred Bittner nee Burnside, she was the granddaughter and great granddaughter of Washington and Oregon pioneers. Her grandfather Ernst Boettner homesteaded on what is now Ft. Lewis and her father owned the dairy in Dupont on the site of the original Ft Nisqually, where she and her brothers held dances in the block houses. Her mother's family homesteaded in Haines and Hermiston, Oregon. She is survived by her brother Fred Gordon Bittner, Olympia; and 6 children, Arlene (Bob) Jackson, Leonore ID, Diana Cashman Howard, Las Cruces NM, Patricia Prettyman- Birge, Grand Coulee, John Prettyman (Cher) Eatonville, Susan Prettyman, Baltimore MD, and Janice (Joel) Bramwell, Gresham OR; plus 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Jay Prettyman, parents Frederick and Mildred Bittner, and brothers Edgar, James and Robert Bittner. She attended high schools in Kapowsin and graduated from Eatonville High School class of 1943. Her 1st job was waitressing at Ohop Bob's, and during WWII she like many others worked as a riveter for Boeing. 

Following the war she met and married John Prettyman, but always worked, from gas companies to dairies until finding a job that was a prefect match for her talents as the town clerk-treasurer, finance office and judge pro-tem in Ruston; where what had started as a "fill in" position turned into a 30 year tenure, and a founding member of the Washington Town Clerks' Association. 

Prior to retirement she took up flying and was a member of the Ninety-Niners and Washington Pilots Association. Retiring in 1990 she explored the world, volunteered at the NW Bible Seminary and knit over 1000 sweaters for the Spafford Children's Center in Jerusalem. 

Services will be held at Fir Lane Funeral Chapel, 924 East 176th St., Spanaway, Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11AM. Burial at the Lutheran Cemetery Spanaway in the Bittner family plot.


Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on June 10, 2018

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