Loretta Jean Barrera

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Longtime Malibu resident Loretta Jean Barrera died peacefully in her sleep July 3 at the age of 64.

Barrera was born in Lyons, Kan. on Aug. 7, 1947 and moved to Malibu in 1974 with her husband Joe and their five children. Shortly after their arrival, Barrera began working at the Malibu Park Junior High cafeteria and later worked as a retail clerk at Mayfair market.

“Loretta loved her family and friends very much and she held a special place in her heart for everyone she touched,” Barrera’s family wrote. “Loretta’s true gift was her pure kindness that came within the interaction of people she came across.”

Barrera is survived by her mother Augustina Razo of Portland, Ore.; her brothers Lou Jr. Razo of Rio Ranchi, N.M. and Robert Razo of Portland, Ore.; her husband Joe Barrera of Malibu and their children, Tony Barrera, Yole Barrera, Pilar Logue, Jesse Barrera and Bert Barrera, and grandchildren, Christopher T. Logue, Dakota and Casey Barrera, Hali Norris and Alexis Evans.

A memorial service will take place Aug. 11 at Our Lady of Malibu Church, 3625 Winter Canyon Rd., at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow.