Loretta Jean Carter

July 12, 1959January 6, 2021
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Loretta Jean Carter was born on July 12th, 1959 in Tahlequah, OK, the daughter of Henry and Nannie (Dye) Carter. She joined her big sister, Patricia to complete the family. She graduated from Tahlequah High School and then received her Bachelors Degree at Northeastern State University, specializing in Paralegal work. If you had ever met Loretta, you met a loyal employee, a true blue friend, and someone that made your day a whole lot brighter just by being in the room. She gave 100% of herself to those around her every day, without fail. She held many positions in her working career. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Cherokee Nation Housing Authority, the Jordan Law Office, the Arkansas River Bed Authority, and was employed as a Fiduciary Trust Officer for the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration, formerly known as the Department of Interior. Loretta also owned and operated Storage Solutions of Keys, OK. She loved to spend her spare time sharing her beautiful smile with her circle of friends, and they were many. She liked sports and loved pitching fast pitch softball, golfing for various teams, such as the Fraternal Order of Police, earning her black belt in karate, and watching the best teams on television, the OU Sooners, the Cleveland Browns and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Traveling to see the sights and experience life in a new way was also a good time for Loretta. She found adventure in Destin, FL, Nashville, TN, Vale, CO, and loved time spent in Branson, MO. The Cherokee People and Heritage held a very special place in Loretta’s life. She was so very proud of all they stood for. Her family was her world and her reason for being. She honored her mother and father, and helped children every chance she could, especially Jessica, her sister Pat’s granddaughter, who she loved like her own. You never found Loretta that she wasn’t in the company of a very special sister, Carolyn. They were inseparable, working projects, sharing time, talent, and supporting each other in everything that came their way in life. Loretta was the faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, and served Him all of her days. She was a musician, sang gospel music and played the bass with such gospel groups as “Exodus”, “Gateway”, “The Singing Samaritans” and many others. She called New Hope Assembly Of God Church in Muskogee her home church, and was also happy previously serving at 29 Eleven Church in Tahlequah. She was a member of the Worship Team, and led people to worship the Lord in song and by example. She may not have had children of her own, but she was the favorite Aunt to so many children who knew her kind heart and gentle smile. She was very important(a VIP), and always showed everyone her love, admiration, and respect. A true treasure. Her beautiful light was extinguished on January 6th, 2021 in Tahlequah, OK, at the age of 61 years. We are all better people for having known Loretta Carter in our lives. Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Chuck Hoskin, Jr. validated this in his quote, “We are so blessed because of her.”

She has gone home to her grandparents, Harrison and Mary (Downing) Dye, Jim and Maude (Hayes) Carter, and her beloved mother and father. Those left to remember her include her sister, Patricia Henson of Park Hill, OK, her adopted sister and best friend, Carolyn Allen of the home, her Aunt Aleen Fisher and husband Barto of Jenks, OK, as well as many cousins, special friends and a host of friend and loved ones.

A very special thank you is extended to her cousin Shelly for being with Loretta, holding her hand along side other nurses as Loretta entered Heaven. Thank you to the Cherokee Nation Hastings Hospital Staff for the excellent care given to Loretta.

Funeral services for Loretta Jean Carter will be held on Monday, January 11th, 2021 at Reed-Culver Chapel at 10:00 AM with Pastor Anthony Roe and Reverend Terry Stone officiating. She will have visitation immediately before services begin at Reed-Culver Chapel. She will be laid to rest at Park Hill Cemetery next to her parents. Pallbearers for Loretta include Clif Hall, Cooper Hall, Connor Hall, Drew Jordan, Bobby Jackson, and Jason Kelly. Her honorary pallbearers include Rex Jordan, Gary Cooper, Gary Cooper Jr., Rick Carpitcher, Robert Craff, Zach Swon, Colton Swon, and Kelly Swon. Online condolences for her family may be left at


  • Clif Hall
  • Cooper Hall
  • Connor Hall
  • Drew Jordan
  • Bobby Jackson
  • Jason Kelly
  • Rex Jordan, Honorary
  • Gary Cooper, Honorary
  • Gary Cooper Jr., Honorary
  • Rick Carpitcher, Honorary
  • Robert Craff, Honorary
  • Zach Swon, Honorary
  • Colton Swon, Honorary
  • Kelly Swon, Honorary


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 11, 2021


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Deborah Harris

January 14, 2021

There aren't enough words to express the awesome person Loretta was to me. I had the honor to travel with her in ministry and she was such a blessing to the Singing Samaritans, and was like a Sister to me. I'll forever treasure our precious memories and all the many gifts she gave to me. She was one of the best bass guitar players there ever was and her great talent as a musician will be greatly missed. I love and miss you.

Love Deborah

Carolyn Allen

January 11, 2021

To my Forever Friend Loretta,

It is hard to imagine life for any of us here without you. We have been maneuvering our way through these last few days without you.

You were simply the very best person I ever knew. Your “gentle “ spirit led by the Holy Spirit, as Pastor Stone spoke of today, guided you through every phase of your life.

You accomplished so much and I am so very proud of you. Whatever goal you set, no matter how small or great, you always fulfilled the goal.
I so admired that about you! I mean it didn’t matter what it was, you accomplished it!

I am so thankful that you are free from all pain and suffering. So thankful! God is so merciful. It is so painful without you, but we would never want anything but God’s Will..... His Will was manifested!

We used to talk about how God really did well when He planned our 23 year sister in Christ and best friend in life friendship. We were born one month apart at the same hospital and often laughed that our mothers probably had their appointments together .. often joking we probably knew each other before we were even born.

Loretta, my friend, we had the best time going through life, just simple, serving the Lord the best we knew how and enjoying time with friends and family.

I am so proud of you. You made me want to be a better person.

Your home-going was beautiful, just as you are a beautiful daughter of the King.. I am so thankful you have seen Jesus and are now rejoicing in Heaven with your mom and dad and my mom and all those gone before us.. please do
one thing for me my friend ..... hug your mom and dad for Pat and me, hug my mom and big hugs to all our friends loved ones.

Can’t wait till we pick up where we left off.. I WILL see you again in someday. What a reunion day that will be. You will ALWAYS be my FOREVER FRIEND . ❤️😊



Tiffany Miller (formerly Jordan)

January 11, 2021


Thinking and praying for you in this difficult time. Loretta will be missed !

Teresa Chatfield. ( Carter )

January 11, 2021

Dear Pat and Carolyn, We are so sorry for your loss. Loretta was a very kind and good person. She served the lord her whole life, just like her Mom and Dad did. Loretta, blessed many people’s lives by being in their life and being a true friend to them. Her death will leave a huge void in both your lives. We pray for comfort and strength to you both during this sad time of loss and grief. May God bless you both. Love Aunt Teresa, and. Family

Raylene Swan

January 11, 2021

I was honored to know Loretta as my peer and was able to work with her many years as we both were Fiduciary Trust Officers for the Department of Interior. Loretta was kind, caring, and true to heart. Her bright light shined and I felt a comfort as I was touched by her kindness. Loretta wrote me a warm note when I lost my son March 2018. I then worked with her at a youth spending frenzy in Tulsa April 2018. I will cherish those moments and will reflect on her during t her journey. I shared a picture of our volunteer group for the youth seminar. I believe there were 4 FTO's in our group. Janel Perry, Colline Keely, Loreta and myself. I am pictured on the far right in black, I am from Omak Washington and member of the Colville Tribe where I work as an FTO. Many prayers to her family.

Davada Davis

January 11, 2021

A prayer warrior for all. A serving heart. The best bass guitar player ever! I always took comfort in seeing you up on stage playing for Jesus!
An example of your giving heart. My husband and I were with friends at the Princesses. You and Carolyn were there you came over and visited with us and then left. We went to leave and pay for our dinner. It was all covered! You will be so missed but I know your with Jesus and someday I will see you again playing that bass for the choir in heaven!❤️❤️❤️

Ruth Poteete

January 11, 2021

Loretta, my fondest memories of you were when we were sitting in Mr. Sutton's Biology Class in high school. You always looked out for me, encouraged me and probably witnessed to me every day. Thank you for always praying for me; I am sure you are one of the many that did and softened my heart to accept Jesus. Love you, sweet friend. Until we meet again in that sweet by and by. Love you. Ruth

Gale Lawson

January 10, 2021

I’ll never forget the first time that Loretta and Carolyn came to New Hope Assembly in Muskogee. They came to help Rev. Terry Stone during the interim time we were looking for a pastor. The worship time was so anointed and especially by a bass player named Loretta Carter. Her love for Jesus made a deep impression on me. I will miss her so much but I know she is with her Jesus forevermore. I’ll see you again one day my friend

Rhonda Thurman

January 10, 2021

I have been blessed in knowing Loretta for many years from when we attended First Assembly of God in Tahlequah. When you saw Loretta at church, you would see her serving whether she was playing guitar with the worship team, singing in the choir, helping others prepare for a special program, or praying for others.
Loretta was truly a faithful and caring servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Susie and Garland Eden

January 10, 2021

Loretta was a very special person, always with that beautiful smile. She will truly be missed by all.