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Norma Smith


A Celebration of Life Memorial for Norma Smith, 90, of Wayne will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Mrs. Smith passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at the Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City.

Norma Ruth Leveridge was born August 24, 1930 in Wayne, the second of four children and only daughter born to Ruel Walton Leveridge and Gladys Marian (Grimes) Leveridge.  She was raised in Wayne and attended school there, graduating with the Bulldog Class of 1948.

Norma then started college, and the very next year, was married to O.C. Minyen. They lived in the Ski Island area in Oklahoma City, where together they raised three children, son Michael and daughters, Nancy and Nickie. Norma started working for Southwestern Bell in 1952, and retired as an Engineering Specialist in 1985. Norma later married Don Smith of Arkansas, and they settled on the family farm near Wayne. 

In retirement, Norma stayed busy traveling, and was very active in her church, the Wayne United Methodist Church. She volunteered at the Purcell Municipal Hospital and taught painting classes, both oil painting and china painting. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a true friend. She will be dearly missed!

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Smith; parents, Ruel and Gladys Leveridge; daughter, Nickie Rhodes; three brothers, Floyd, Ruel Wayne and Bob and son-in-law, Danny Holder.  

Norma is survived by her son, Michael Minyen of Moore; daughter, Nancy Holder of Broken Arrow; stepchildren, Kitty Broussard of Midwest City and Kerry Smith of New Mexico; six grandchildren, Laramy, Neely, Andrew, Angela, Wesley and Kimber; 12 great-grandchildren, Cole, McKaylan, Madison, Kenzee, Wyatt, Wesley, Kelle, Khloe, Lucas, Sylvia, Oakley and Braiden; several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.   

Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.