A graveside service honoring the life of Loretta “Rita” Stott Faucett will be held 1 PM Monday, May 18, 2020 at the Tahlequah City Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 2-4 PM Sunday at Bixby Funeral Service. Rita passed away Thursday morning, May 14, 2020 at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. She was 84.
Rita was born February 9, 1936, to James Richard and Allie Mae (Anderson) Stott. She grew up in a close-knit family near Tahlequah in a hollow just off Highway 10. Rita and her five siblings were always outdoors playing in the creeks, catching minnows, and sometimes even smoking grapevine! Many good times were had with their friends and extended family, who also lived nearby in the hollow. She loved to tell the story about her mother moving to Oklahoma from Arkansas in 1916 by a covered wagon. Always a generous and giving person, she and her sisters served as candy stripers at the local hospital. Rita graduated from Bagley High School in Tahlequah with the Class of 1953. Her father was a pilot, making countless trips to Tulsa when Rita and her sister enrolled in Hillcrest’s nursing program. Many safe landings were made at the 15th Street Airpark since all four girls in the family would eventually make Tulsa their home.
Upon completion of the nursing program at Hillcrest, Rita would pursue a successful career as a licensed practical nurse. She worked for several medical practices in Tulsa through the years including Dillman and Ward, and physicians Dr. Berg and Dr. Vaughman. Rita retired from her professional career in 1992. A caregiver at heart, Rita gave excellent care to her sister, Lynda, who became ill with Multiple Sclerosis. She would also care for her brother, Leo, as well as her mother when their health declined.
Rita enjoyed family time taking road trips to places such as the Florida Keys and Yellowstone National Park. Later in life. She treasured her time cruising with her sisters in the Caribbean. In addition to traveling, their family loved to play cards, especially Progressive Gin and Canasta! Rita loved to read and was also an amazing gardener of plants and all types of flowers. She could tell you the name of every plant and flower on her property. She especially loved her sunflowers! People often commented on her yard’s “park-like” appearance. Later in life, she chose her power chair and scooter based on which one would allow her to plant flowers most easily. Rita was also a lover of animals, always taking great care of the pets in her life: Pierre, Cindy, Barron, Sammy, and Gidget.
Rita sacrificed her entire life for her family. She will not soon be forgotten by an extended family who will always love and cherish her memory. Surviving family members include her nieces and nephews: Mike Stott, Dan Hutton, Tanya Neely, Kimberly Hance, Amy Walker, Jackie Trzebiatowski, Aundrea Odom, and Melinda Melton; considered to be her grandchildren, Amanda Mingus, Allen Hance, and Lauren Keel, along with numerous other great-nieces and nephews.
Rita was preceded in death by her son, Baby Boy Faucett, her parents, her sisters: Kathy Hutton, Betty LaBass, and Lynda Odom; and her brothers, Robert and Leo Stott.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Loretta Stott Faucett, please visit our floral store.