Loretta Maybell


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Loretta Maybell Carpenter

May 09 1917 - Nov 14 2007

Loretta Maybell Sonntag Carpenter passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2007. Loretta was born on May 9, 1917 on a farm near Frisco, Texas. She was the sixth child of Otto and Catherine Young Sonntag. Loretta had nine brothers but was the only daughter. Loretta was the last survivor of the ten children. Loretta was also the last surviving grandchild of F.H. and Amalie Auguste Diener Sonntag. The Sonntags were born in Olsnitz-Saxony, Germany. The Sonntags left their homeland in 1877 and came to America to live the American dream. They chose to settle in Collin County. Loretta was christened in the Lutheran Church as “Loetta” and used that name until she married J.W. Carpenter on November 25, 1933. J.W. thought Loretta was prettier than Loetta and he had married the prettiest girl in Texas so it was Loretta that was baptized in the Baptist church. They have been members of the First Baptist Church in Allen for the past 58 years. J.W. Carpenter passed away on February 2, 2002. Loretta is survived by 5 children, J.W. Carpenter, Jr. and wife Shirley live in Frisco, Texas, Audrey Jean Carpenter Alexander and husband Bill live in Jefferson, Texas, Carrie Frances Carpenter Boyd and husband Howell live in Rowlett, Texas, Jerry Ray Carpenter and wife Glenda live in Allen, Texas, and Jane Catherine (Cathie) Carpenter Meadows and husband Mike live in Boerne, Texas. Loretta also is survived by 13 grandchildren, 21 great grand children and 6 (almost 7) great great grandchildren. Loretta spent her entire adult life as a devoted farmer’s wife, mother, homemaker and the greatest of all grandmothers. Loretta will be missed for her loving, kind and unselfish ways. May she rest in heavenly peace as she has so richly earned. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, November 18, 2007, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in McKinney, Texas with Pastor Mike Meadows officiating. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Allen, 201 E. McDermott, Allen, Texas, 75002.
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