Mary (Dana) Loring
October 20, 1921 – May 5, 2020
Mary (Dana) Loring was born in Columbia, South Carolina. She met her husband Dan while he was stationed in Columbia with the Army Air Force. They married November 19, 1943. Dan left five months later to fly B-25 light bombers during World War II, returning to the United States 15 months later.
They moved to Omaha, Nebraska on July 4, 1945 where they lived the rest of their lives.
She never hesitated to support the war effort as a military wife. Mary’s brothers also served during the World War II: Frank Dana was in the Army, Tucker Dana in the Navy. Her Father Francis Johnston Dana served as a soldier in the U.S. Army.
Mary was devoted to Dan for 71 years, traveling to all 50 states with Dan when he was the President of the National Association of Insurance Agents.
Church was important to Mary. As a lifelong Episcopalian, she immediately joined Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska when moving to Omaha in 1944 following the war. She was an active member of the parish for over 70 years.
On December 15, 2019 Nebraska History (formerly The Nebraska State Historical Society) gave Mary the Nebraska Heritage Hero Award as co-founder of Trinity’s Historical Society. Her efforts to create and expand the Society and associated museum spans over 25 years.
Mary was president of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority her senior year at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She previously attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia.
She was a member of the Colonial Dames Society, a group that was established to commemorate the history of the thirteen American colonies and the men and women who founded them.
Mary became a member of The Junior League of Columbia, transferring to the Junior League of Omaha following her marriage. She frequently volunteered at The Jumble Shop in Benson, a store selling new and used clothing.
Other community activities were: Board of Directors, Visiting Nurses Association, Prospect Hill Cemetery, Parent Teacher Associations, Girl Scouts and more. She met President Truman’s wife Bess on several occasions. Those who knew her immediately recognized the southern accent that never left her.
Preceded in death by husband, Danforth Loring. Survived by son, Danforth D. (Alison) Loring; daughter, Trina (Loring) Sanabria; 7 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter.
MEMORIAL SERVICE to be held at a later date. Memorials to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, or Masonic Eastern Star for Children, Fremont, NE.