Debra Gaye Carpenter, resident of Pawhuska, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa. She was 54 years of age.
Debra was born July 9, 1957 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Raymond Anthony Lasley Sr. and Peggee Joe Stone Lasley. She attended Immaculate Conception School, Indian Camp School, TahlequahSequoyah School and Pawhuska High School. She then attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, attended Art School at Okmulgee Tech and Nursing School at Rogers State College. She was married to Donald Wayne Carpenter in June of 1985 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Debra was very active and well known in tribal dance activities. Her enjoyments were Indian dancing and helping young people by coaching both girls and boys basketball. She coached a girls basketball team in the Native American Olympics.
She is survived by her two children, Ciaradon Carpenter and Chancellor Brave, both of the home in Pawhuska one brother, Raymond Anthony Lasley II of Grayhorse, Oklahoma three sisters, Mary Raelene Bear, Michele Raye Lasley and Lori Jo Morgan, all of Lawrence, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents husband and one brother, Marvin Lasley. Debra has many nieces and nephews 2 great nieces and 2 great nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the Osage Village Chapel in Pawhuska. Burial will follow in the Grayhorse Cemetery near Fairfax. Arrangements are under the direction of the HunsakerWooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.
Casket bearers will be Brandon Lasley, Isaiah Lasley, Israel Bear, Daniel Bear, Samuel Bear, Raymond Morgan, Tom Boone and Benjamin DC Keener. Honorary casket bearers will be Jesse Joe Parker and J.D. West.