Debra Gaye Carpenter, of Pawhuska, passed away Wednesday, July 13 at St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa. She was 54.

Debra was born July 9, 1957 in Tulsa. She was the daughter of Raymond Anthony Lasley Sr. and Peggee Joe (Stone) Lasley. She attended Immaculate Conception School, Indian Camp School, Tahlequah-Sequoyah School and Pawhuska High School. She then attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kans.; 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, Colo. 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 girl’s basketball team in the Native American Olympics.

She is survived by her two children, Ciaradon Carpenter and Chancellor Brave, both of Pawhuska; brother, Raymond Anthony Lasley II of Grayhorse; three sisters, Mary Raelene Bear, Michele Raye Lasley and Lori Jo Morgan, all of Lawrence, Kans.; 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 were held on July 16, at the Osage Village Chapel in Pawhuska with Osage Nation Principal Chief John Red Eagle presiding. Burial followed in the Grayhorse Cemetery near Fairfax. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.

Casket bearers were Brandon Lasley, Isaiah Lasley, Israel Bear, Jess Lohah, Samuel Bear, Raymond Morgan, Tom Boone and Benjamin “DC” Keener. Honorary casket bearers were Jesse Joe Parker and J.D. West.

Debra’s online guestbook may be signed at