Loretta Kinnett


Loretta Kinnett, 90, of Cleveland, died on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, surrounded by her family.

She was born on April 27, 1930, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Patton and Nora Mills. 

She worked in management in the hotel industry for more than 50 years.

Her pride and joy were her children and grandchildren. She loved spending time with them more than anything in the world.

Loretta attended Mount Olive Ministries.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Kinnett Jr.; sister, Irene Ettinger; nephew, Ron Huff; and niece, Lori Carroll Collins. 

She leaves behind to cherish her memory two daughters: Melanie Shepherd (Greg) and Stephanie Tatum; sisters: Mildred Daniel of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Pat Carroll of Fort Myers, Fla.; grandchildren: Eric Shepherd (Laurie Anne), Emilee Tipton (Tucker), Kyle Tatum (Courtney) and Colby Tatum; great-grandchildren: Drew Poteet, Liam Shepherd, Shiloh Shepherd and Harper Tipto; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. 

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Sept. 16, 2020, at Mount Olive Ministries on Harrison Pike.

A Celebration of Loretta’s Life will be held at 1 p.m. today at the church, with Pastor Gary Sears officiating.

She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with Eric Shepherd, Colby Tatum, Kyle Tatum, Don Daniel, Todd Carroll and Marc Collins serving as pallbearers. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mt. Olive Ministries or Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens (LARC), in memory of Loretta and her niece Lori. The address for LARC is 2570 Hanson St., Fort Myers, FL 33901. Online donations can be made to LARCLeeCounty.org. Please include Lori Carroll Collins scholarship fund on memo line.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Loretta or your condolences with her family at her online memorial located at www.companionfunerals.com.

Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Kinnett family with these arrangements.


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