Sarita Jana Redd, UTO Board president, dies

Sarita Redd-mug[United Thank Offering] It is with sorrow that the United Thank Offering Board announces the passing of Sarita Jana Redd, president of the Board from May 2009 to the present, on Jan. 26. Sarita served on the UTO Committee beginning in 2008 and helped the transition from Committee to Board.

Sarita was a resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where she practiced employee benefits law and was a human relations consultant.  She became an Episcopalian early in the 21st century, quickly becoming active in many aspects of the church.  She was a lay Eucharistic minister, a vestry member, senior warden (without a rector), and president of her parish Episcopal Church Women.  She was both a UTO coordinator for her parish and her diocese, and served as Province VII representative on the UTO Board before becoming representative for Latin America.  Sarita served on the INCO55 Special Task Force-Ad Hoc Committee. At the 2012 triennial meeting of the Women of the Church, Sarita was honored as The Distinguished Woman from the Diocese of Oklahoma.

Sarita was an active member of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oklahoma City.  She served in volunteer capacities under both Bishop Bob Moody, now retired, and current Bishop Edward Konieczny.  She was dedicated to the work of the women of the church, especially to the importance of the United Thank Offering.

A family member is quoted as saying, “Sarita gave 100 percent to fighting for UTO. She believed with great passion what the United Thank Offering meant, stood for, and does. She wanted The United Thank Offering to be the perfect example of mission for the Episcopal Church.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.  Condolences can be sent to The Redd Family, P.O. Box 18892 Oklahoma City, OK  73154; Deliveries to The Redd Family, 2116 N E 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.

Comments

  1. Terri Bey says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs Redd’s passing. Will be praying for the family.

  2. Diana Garcia says:

    With great sorrow I receive this sad news. My prayers are with Sarita and her family.

  3. Susan Johnson says:

    I am saddened to learn of Sarita’s death. I have served with her on various endeavors. She has always been a bright star in everyone’s life. Her strong sense of purpose and great understand will be missed. What a loss for all of us.

  4. Winifrd Follett says:

    All of Province VIII ECW is saddened to learn of Sarita’s death. She was a great leader for not only UTO, but for ECW and TEC. May she rest in peace and rise in Glory.
    Our prayers on the West side of TEC go out to her family.
    Winifrid Follett, President ECW Province VIII

  5. Marcia Himes says:

    Sarita will be missed, not only in the Episcopal Church, but also in the lives of those she touched every day. I was privileged to serve along side of her in the 2009-2012 triennium as we worked togther to plan the 2012 Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women. My prayers go out to all of her family, and the UTO board.

  6. Marion Guy says:

    I am saddened by the news of the passing of Sarita. I worked with Sarita at Phillips Petroleum Company and was a fellow member of the Jane Phillips Sorority . She was a wonderful lady and her family will be in my prayers.

  7. Fannie Bates says:

    I have known Sarita since she was a beautiful young teenager. I watched her dance when she was Miss Black Oklahoma. I have never heard her say an unkind word or use a curse word. She was a wonderful sister to Woody and Johann, and a wonderful daughter to my dear friend Jeanne. She was a precious person.

  8. Marsha A. Armstrong says:

    It is with a heavy heart that I read this story, words can not express the loss that we that knew Ms. Sarita Reed. She was without a doubt the most spirited woman of God that one could come to know. She will be missed greatly. May she rest in peace in the bosom of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Ms. Jeanne’s and the rest of her family know that she can never be replaced in our hearts and in our minds.
    With Love & Condolences,
    Marsha Armstrong and Family

  9. Nancy McReynolds says:

    I am so saddened to hear the news of her passing. She was so energetic and such a strong presence for Province VII. May light perpetual shine upon her.

  10. Bob Porter says:

    Sorry to hear she passed away, she was a good friend and a lot of fun.

  11. Vernona Dismuke says:

    Serita was a great friend who loved the Lord and His children. She lifted me up and encouraged me in my walk with God. I’m so proud of what she was able to accomplish with UTO. I miss her already. My prayers are with Jeanne and the family.

  12. We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Sarita Reed. We pray for the repose of her soul. Deliver Sarita from all evil, and set her free from every bond; that she may rest with all your saints in the eternal habitations; where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

  13. Stan Williams says:

    Rest In Peace my sister.

  14. Charyl F. McAfee-Duncan says:

    I am no idea why I am just seeing this news or that no one called me. My heart is heavy. Sarita worked for me and we continued to stay in touch after leaving Oklahoma City in 2000. She was not only a gifted administrator, but a true friend.

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