Obituary for Loretta Pope

Obituary for Loretta Pope

Loretta Sue Pope of Wister was born Dec. 22, 1943 in Coalinga, California to James and Lois (Sims) Maxwell and passed away April 10, 2024 in Poteau at the age of 80.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener with Reverend Phil McGehee officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. View Cemetery in the Glendale community under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Loretta was a retired dietician for EOMC. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Loretta will be deeply missed.

She is survived by

Her husband of 65 years, William “Bill” Pope, of Wister,;

One daughter, Rhonda Elder, of Poteau;

One son, Kenneth Pope, of Grand Prairie, Texas;

One sister, Shirley Baxter, of Poteau;

One brother, Steve Maxwell, of Spiro;

Four grandchildren;

Six great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lois Maxwell; a son, Jack Pope; and two brothers, Troy and Donnie Maxwell.

Pallbearers are her family

Loretta will lie in state starting at noon to 6 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

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