Loretta Lea Southerland

Loretta Lea Southerland, 81, of Gilbert, AZ formally from Mount Pleasant, TX, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 14, 2021, in Gilbert, AZ at home surrounded by family and a very close friend.

Visitation will be Monday, February 22, 2021 from 1pm to 2pm at Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant. Services will be held at 2pm at Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Concord Cemetery in Morris County.

Loretta was born on November 9, 1939 in St. Louis, MO the daughter of Evelyn (Wollenburg) and Claude Roe. She worked for Revco and Walmart and dedicated her life to her children and to her faith. She was a devoted Baptist. She never knew a stranger. She was loved by everyone who knew her.

She married the late Jack Wilson Southerland in Columbia, MO. Loretta is survived by 3 children: Dean (Karin) Pace of Chandler AZ, Dede Warren of Salem, IN and Scott (Olivia) Southerland of Gilroy, CA. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren Daniel Pace, Robert (Molly) Pace, Lea Flinders, J.J. Bramall, David (Katie) Pace, Jordan Warren, Jackson Southerland, Hannah Southerland, Lauren Southerland, Cailyn Southerland, Acacia (Jabe) Lawdonski, Tony (Nikki) Schiessl and 14 great-grandchildren. Also, two brothers Claude (Jarie) Roe of Prescott Valley, AZ and Terry (Gloria) Roe of St. Petersburg, FL. A sister-in-law Lucy Southerland of Laguna Beach, CA. Her friend and caregiver, Diane Koester of Gilbert, AZ. A daughter-in-law Mary (Kurt) Sinn of Ballwin, MO and several nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Jack, of 41 years in 2009 and her son Mark Southerland in 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to American Cancer Society.

An online registry is available at batescoopersloanfuneralhome.com.

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