The Oklahoman

Wanice Gayle Blevins Durham


DEL CITY - Wanice Gayle Blevins Durham passed away on August 29, 2021 at the age of 89. She was born on July 3, 1932 in Alex, OK to Lonnie and Nora (Harwell) Norton. She grew up with four sibling. She married Donnie Joe Blevins on May 29, 1954, and together they had a son, Jon Don Blevins. Donnie passed away in March of 1992. She married Floyd Durham in November of 1994, and he had three daughters, Jan, Sherri, and Carol. Floyd passed away in August of 2008.

Wanice worked at Southweste­rn Bell/AT&T for 40+ years in the department of services operators. She was a manager of the Informatio­n Department at the time of her retirement. She loved collecting glassware, nativity scenes, and Santa Clauses. She always looked forward to decorating at Christmas Time. She loved birdwatchi­ng, playing cards, shopping at Dillard’s, and loved traveling. She loved spending time with her family and friends, and loved the Oklahoma Sooners.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Nora; husbands, Donnie and Floyd; and brothers, Eugene and Richard Norton.

She is survived by her son, Joe Don Blevins (and wife Michelle); grandchild­ren, Cady Byrnes (and husband Brenton) and Joshua Adams (and wife Rebecca); great-grandchild­ren, Sage and Grayson Adams; siblings, Wayne Norton (and wife Judy) and Christine Burns; her 3 bonus daughters from Floyd Durham; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Visitation for Wanice will be from 10am-12pm Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home in Del City, OK. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home. Burial will be in Maysville, OK for immediate family only.

Donations may be made in Wanice’s honor to: The Sapulpa Police Dept. K-9 Unit, 20 N. Walnut St., Sapulpa, OK 74066.

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