Loretta Fay (Baker) BaileyDecember 26, 1946 ~ October 30, 2017 (age 70)
Loretta Fay Bailey, 70, passed away October 30, 2017 in Tulsa, OK. She was born December 26, 1946 in Mulhall, OK, to Harvey Levi Baker and Cora Edna (Duckworth.) Her father died when she was 6 months old, so her mother and 5 sisters moved to Cloudy, OK, where she grew up. Her mother remarried and had 2 more children, making a total of 8 children in her family.
In 1965 Loretta graduated from Rattan High School as salutatorian of her class. She went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Science from Tulsa Junior College and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Langston University. Loretta started working as a secretary in the Advertising Department at The Tulsa World and Tribune, where she met John Bailey, her husband of 50 years.
Loretta had a servant’s heart, and loved working with the elderly. She worked at Tulsa Human Service Agency for the Nutrition Program for the elderly. She then went to work for Tulsa Senior Services for almost 20 years, where she was director of Jobs For Older Tulsans. She helped people 55 and older to secure job training and job placement. She then went to work for the City of Tulsa as an Ombudsman Coordinator and Supervisor. She worked there until she retired at age 67.
Loretta loved nature and loved gardening. She volunteered at Oxley Nature Center for 15 years, and had a beautiful flower and vegetable garden every year in her back yard. She also volunteered as a Campfire Leader, PTA president, Sunday School teacher, and Deaconess at her church. She donated over 4 gallons of blood in her lifetime. Loretta also loved to paint and crochet. Many friends and family have received paintings, painted greeting cards, or crocheted blankets that she made over the years.
Loretta is preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters, and one brother. She is survived by her husband John: three sisters: Betty LeFlore, Loeta Kay Haltman (her twin), and Catherine Burk; two daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Bryant Hedrick, Lori and Randy Rankin, and by her 3 precious granddaughters Hannah, Faith, and Hope Doshier. Also by countless extended family and friends.
Loretta loved retirement, she would say, “every day is like a Saturday.” She spent her time on hobbies, her grandchildren, and going out to eat with friends and former co-workers. She was highly respected for her character, strength, and faith in God. She touched many lives during her 70 years here on earth. She will be greatly missed and remembered often.
There will be 2 Memorial Services:
Saturday November 11th at 2 PM
Fellowship Church 202 S Maple Sapulpa, OK 74066
Saturday November 18th at 2 PM
First Presbyterian Church 219 E Jackson St Hugo, OK 74743