Three Minutes With: Lela Loftus

Lela Loftus, an employee of Hermiston Drug, is a lifelong resident and enjoys cooking and trivia.

Lela Loftus

Works at Hermiston Drug

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I was born here!

What’s your favorite place to eat?

I like Walker’s, Hale’s, Stet’s — there’s lots of good businesses here.

What is your favorite activity in your free time?

I love to have people to the house, because I love to cook! And trivia — I love Jeopardy.

What’s the last book you read?

To Kill a Mockingbird, for about the 12th time. It’s my favorite book.

What’s the number one app or website you use other than Facebook


What surprises you about Hermiston?

The growth. There are so many businesses I thought would be here forever that aren’t. And there are big businesses I never expected to come to Hermiston, like Starbucks or Home Depot. I love that Hermiston is a town that wants to grow.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I’d love to explore the U.S., there’s a lot just right here that I haven’t seen. Outside the U.S., I’d probably say Australia.

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

I don’t think that’s printable! Let’s just say, years ago when I worked at Burnham’s, there was an unfortunate grasshopper up the dress incident in the parking lot in front of City Hall. It’s a good thing no one had a camera phone then!

What’s one of your goals for the next 12 months?

I’d like to see a little bit more growth in myself. Getting involved in things in the city, doing more charitable stuff. I’ve done a bit, but it’s time to do more.

What’s your proudest accomplishment?

That would probably be my marriage of 34 years to my husband that passed away. That was pretty perfect. We met the first day of 7th grade. Tears or no tears, I can’t think about him without smiling.

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