Loretta Nagai

September 22, 1930February 9, 2021

Loretta (Tilley) Nagai entered into eternity on February 9, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona. Loretta was born on September 22, 1930 in Burley, Idaho. She was the oldest of three children born to Myrtle (Boatman) Tilley and Henry Archie Tilley. She met her late husband, Harold Nagai in Great Falls, Montana while he was serving in the U.S. Airforce. They together had five children, in which she had the opportunity to rear all of them during their younger years in Oahu, Hawaii where Harold was originally from. Loretta was a strong and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who she was also employed by and retired after working for over 20 years as a custodian in both Idaho and Arizona. She took pride in her work cleaning different buildings for the church. Loretta served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in London, England from 1996-1998. Loretta dedicated her life to her family and the Lord. She had five children, Stephanie (Nagai) and Larry Meadows, Karen (Nagai) and Wayne Gruninger, Kanani (Nagai) Lapatra, Hale Nagai and Richard Nagai. All of whom currently reside in Gilbert, Arizona. She has 9 grandkids and 23 great grandkids. Loretta loved going to the temple where she was able to complete thousands of ordinances. She welcomed everyone into her life and developed friendships with people all over the world. She will be dearly missed. Services for Loretta Nagai will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1483 N Driftwood Dr., Gilbert, Arizona on Friday, February 26, 2021 with the viewing at 9:00am and the services at 10:00am. Loretta's final resting place will be on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley, Idaho.


  • Henry Archie Tilley, Father (deceased)
  • Myrtle Boatman Tilley, Mother (deceased)
  • Stephanie Meadows (Larry Meadows), Daughter
  • Karen Gruninger (Wyne Gruninger), Daughter
  • Kanani Lapatra, Daughter
  • Hale Nagai, Son
  • Richard Nagai, Son
  • Loretta is also survived by 9 grandkids and 23 great grandkids.


  • Viewing

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021


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Kathy Marker

February 25, 2021

Was there anybody who didn't love Loretta after meeting her? I don't think so...
As she was my dad's Tilley cousin, I was privileged to be in Loretta's presence several times at reunions, plus when her family visited Loretta's Father, Henry and her brother, Dick and June plus Loretta's other uncles who lived on "Tilley Lane" in Burley: my grandmother, Lucy Loveless and Spen/Melinda.

Loretta was a magnet; everyone was drawn to her deep voice and welcoming smile as she truly looked at you in greetings, and sincerely wanted to know how you and your family are doing. She took time to get to know you, and always made me feel special.
She seemed to have love and peace in her aura. I think that even if she was having bad luck with something, she would laugh and make a joke out of it; then probably used her faith, prayers and determination to deal with it.

She was so caring of others, helping whenever she could. Loretta was a great example to us all with her words and actions. I think I was a little jealous of her kids, who had such a cool mom. :)

It was always fun to see Loretta and June together; they were truly 'sisters from another mother.' No matter whether Loretta was with June or other family/friends, there was laughter all the time! I'm sure it was hard for Loretta to plan her visits to Burley, with so many family as well as friends to visit with.
June was starting to tell me about the trips they took together; I'm sure they were special, and I plan to record June speaking of them.

I feel blessed to have met this delightful cousin, who always seemed to be an angel on earth. My dad passed away 3 months ago, and it makes me smile (and cry) to think of them enjoying time together again, along with all the other loud Tilley relatives...

I loved her and love her family, and hope we can all still keep in touch.

Judith Hudson

February 14, 2021

Dearest Loretta
soooo grateful our paths crossed to weave us together in the tapestry of life. You are forever in my heart. Such treasured memories I enjoy over and over and now you and Lucille can be missionary companions again with your eternal companions !
You bring me joy every time I think of you.. till we meet again.
All my love to you and to all your family and praying for strength and comfort to be with them at this sad time.. Judith

Jeanne Pike

February 13, 2021

Loretta, we have been friends since we met in London at the airport. You told me had to go back to the airport to get one of your suit cases. I was all right with that until you told me in was full of 18 months of needles. when we went to customs to pick up the case I was sure we were going to jail. All is good now no more diabetes and no more health issues. We love you now and forever.
Jim and Jeanne Pike Tacoma Washington