Long time Seminole resident Norma J. Smith Wilcox, 85, died on September 27, 2023 with her family at her side. Norma was born in Seminole County on July 29, 1938 to Marvin Emmett Smith and Laura Ellen (Goss) Smith. As she grew a bit older, Norma’s mother married OU “Pinto” Gray and he took on the role of committed father for the family. Norma graduated from New Lima High School and decided it was time to marry. Norma being Norma decided that elopement was the best plan and, in the process, married Donald Smith. This marriage had the blessing of three children and many good memories. Although this marriage did not last the test of time, Norma remained a devoted mother until she happened upon a man named George. This meeting eventually resulted in Norma marrying George Wilcox and a wonderful, blended family was formed with George also having three children. George and Norma had several great years together before George passed from this life suddenly, leaving Norma to watch over her blended family of six children and multiple grandchildren in their various stages of life. With this sudden change in life, Norma moved to the Tulsa area for a few years before re-connecting with her lifelong friend and companion Richard Hickman and Richard remained a loving friend until her passing. Norma was also privileged to have close friends Sandy and Diane during her time in the Tulsa area.
Norma had several interests that included being active in various social groups, quilting and sewing, service in the church, volunteering, and almost constantly keeping track of her “people” that included among many others, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and cousins. Norma loved being busy and often enough found it necessary to stand on top of something slightly unstable just to be able to clean a speck of dust on a high shelf. Norma loved music and would dance with anyone that thought they could keep up and had good enough rhythm that she could tolerate. Some of her greatest memories were from her time attending and serving at First Baptist Church of Seminole and her involvement with Riverview Baptist Church in Bixby. Although Norma lived her last few years in the Tulsa area, Seminole was always home, and she frequently talked fondly of all her friends and family in the area.
Norma was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ellen and Pinto Gray, her sister Anna Faye Bland, her husbands Don Smith and George Wilcox, and her son Greg Smith.
Norma is survived by her children Pam and Mike Marker, Scott and Heather Smith, Tim and Heather Wilcox, Randy and Tina Wilcox, and Cindy Wilcox; daughter in law, DeAnn Smith; grandchildren, Briana and John Salcido, April and Darrick Houston, Stephanie Smith and Johnny Kline, Shane Marker, Chad and Shannee Smith, Trey Marker, Grahmm and Justine Smith, Ian and Kelly Smith, Jackson Wilcox, Summer Wilcox, Emma Smith and Benjamin Smith; great grandchildren, Ally Streets, Alex Smith, Lyla Smith, and Lincoln Smith.
A celebration of Norma’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd, at Leonard-Marker Funeral Home in Bixby, Oklahoma at 10:30 a.m. Graveside memorial will be held on the same day at 2:30 p.m. in Seminole, Oklahoma at Rest Haven Cemetery.