Loretta Iona Stricklin was born on August 7, 1946 in Wellston, Oklahoma where she resided until moving to Tecumseh with her daughter in 2017. With her family close by, Loretta entered into heavenly rest on Wednesday, September 3, 2020 at the age of 74.
Loretta graduated from Wellston High school in 1964 and immediately started a job. She worked as a secretary and accountant for Globe Life Insurance Company in Oklahoma City for 34 years. She retired in 1998 and then took a part-time job working for nephew, David and Lisa Bess right here in Wellston. Along with husband Ira, Loretta enjoyed spending time with the grandkids and taking road trips when time allowed. Loretta’s hobbies included sewing and crocheting, shopping and eating out with the granddaughters especially at Christmas time. Mondays were their day.
Loretta was also a member of the Assembly of God Church where she attended faithfully as long as she could. She held the position of church secretary, taught Sunday School and lead prayer groups for many years. This is not goodbye, just see you later.
Loretta is proceeded in death by her husband Ira Stricklin, son Johnny Beasler, brother David Danker, and her parents Claude and Bonnie Danker all of Wellston. Survivors include her daughter, Carol Jean and husband Rusty Gilpin; 4 grandchildren, Tiffany Mckiddy, Gabriel Rose, Michaela and husband Cole Luster, Monica and husband Brett Pickard all of Tecumseh, Charles Gilpin and wife Kimberly of North Carolina, and Luke Beasler of Wellston. Loretta also leaves behind 9 great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 7, 2020 in the Lehman Funeral Home chapel with Carol Gilpin and Ronda Townsend officiating. Interment will follow in the Wellston Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Lehman Funeral Home of Wellston.
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