Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Loree Poutre: 1954 ~ 2017

Loree Ann (Spotts) Poutre died Monday, March 13, 2017, at St. Peters Hospital in Olympia, Wash., after a hard-fought battle with cancer. She was 62.
Loree was born July 31, 1954, in Visalia, Calif., to Earl F. Spotts and Mildred Maryetta (Pritchard) Spotts. Loree’s maternal grandparents were Ray Pritchard and Verna (Barton) Pritchard of Three Rivers. 
Loree lived in Three Rivers during childhood. Her parents owned and operated Sequoia Cider Mill for a time.
The family moved to Woodlake where Loree attended Woodlake Elementary during her seventh and eighth-grade years. She attended Woodlake High until the end of her sophomore year (1968) when the family moved to Ojai, Calif. Loree was an excellent swimmer, setting records in high school. The Spotts name is still displayed on the wall of Woodlake High’s gymnasium for swimming accomplishments.
Loree graduated from Nordhoff High School in Ojai, attended Chico State University, and received her BA in psychology from Evergreen State College (Olympia, Wash.).
Loree was employed for many years as a grocery clerk. She loved interacting with customers, and her friendly manner brought joy to those she met. 
Loree enjoyed the outdoors with her fondest memories being the time spent at the family cabins in Mineral King. And she was happiest when surrounded by her grandchildren and family.
Loree is survived by three siblings, Carol Glashoff of Monterey, Calif., Julie Stevens and husband Don of Spokane, Wash., and Danny Steer and wife Janeen of Spokane, Wash.;  her children, Molly Volkmann and husband Tanler of Los Angeles, Noah Poutre and wife Sarah of Mill Creek, Wash., and Jacob Poutre of Olympia; her grandchildren, Cohen Poutre, 6, Poppi Poutre, 4, Wylder Volkmann, 3, and Walker Volkmann, 2; and her nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and close friends.
There will be a private gathering for immediate family in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park this summer to honor Loree’s memory. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be designated for ovarian cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (online at http://getinvolved.fhcrc.org/goto/LoreePoutre or mailed to Fred Hutch, P.O. Box 19024, Dept. J5-200, Seattle, WA  98109).