The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

July 18, 2013

Joan Claire Stevens

NORMAN — Joan Claire Stevens, 85, of Norman, passed away Friday, July 12, 2013. She was born Jan. 13, 1928, in Ft. Wayne, Ind., to James and Virginia Bennigan.

Joan grew up in East Lansing, Mich., the daughter of James and Virginia Bennigan. She attended college at Michigan State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She recieved her master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. While attending MSU, she met Bob Stevens, a basketball player, and they were married in Lansing, Mich., following graduation.

Joan taught first grade in Milford, Ind. Together, Joan and Bob had two wonderful children, Nancy and Robert Stevens. They moved to Columbia, S.C., when Bob became the head basketball coach at the University of South Carolina. Bob was offered a job at Oklahoma University by Bud Wilkinson, and the Stevens moved to Norman in 1962. Joan taught fourth grade from 1962 to 1967 at St. Joseph Catholic School in Norman. In addition, she taught at Kennedy Elementary and Irving Middle School in Norman. She then moved to Houston and taught fourth grade at various elementary schools there. Joan retired from teaching at the age of 75.

She enjoyed cooking and she loved animals and nature. Joan was a very kind and giving person who would do anything for you. All of her students loved her and she loved them. Her first love was spending time with her granddaughter, Christine. They had a very special bond.

She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband, Bob Stevens; husband, Bill Gaylord; and one brother, James Bennigan.

Joan is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Stevens) Barcellus of Norman; son, Robert Stevens of Newport Beach, Calif.; one granddaughter, Christine Barcellus of Norman; three stepchildren, Laura Gaylord, Kim Annaway and Keith Gaylord; five stepgrandchildren; one sister, Nancy Calderone; one brother, Patrick Bennigan; and a host of nieces, nephews and other loving family members and friends.

A funeral mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parrish chapel, 421 E. Acres St. in Norman.

Arrangements are provided by the John M. Ireland Funeral Home in Moore.

Norman Transcript, Thursday, July 18, 2013

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Sheila Kay King

    Sheila Kay King, 57, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at her home in Crowley, Texas. She was born May 12, 1957, at Ft. Sill, to Matthew and Doris King, of Lawton. Sheila graduated from Snyder High School in 1975. She attended Cameron ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Dorothy I. Armstrong

    Dorothy I. Armstrong, 83, went peacefully into the hands of the Lord on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Memorial services will be 11 p.m. Friday at Slaughterville Baptist Church, Highway 77 and 60th Street in Lexington....

    July 31, 2014

  • Louis Edward ‘Tex’ Raymond Jr.

    Louis Edward “Tex” Raymond Jr., 90, of Norman, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014. Tex was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Wichita, Kan., to Louis Edward Raymond Sr. and Nellie Elizabeth Duncan....

    July 30, 2014

  • Dorothy I. Armstrong

    Dorothy I. Armstrong, 83, went peacefully into the hands of the Lord Saturday, July 26, 2014. Memorial services will be 11 p.m. Friday at Slaughterville Baptist Church, Highway 77 and 60th Street in Lexington....

    July 30, 2014

  • John Joseph Giudice Jr.

    John Joseph Giudice Jr., of Norman, a fisheries biologist whose pioneering research paved the way for commercial fish farming in the United States, died Saturday, July 26, 2014. He was 93....

    July 30, 2014

  • Arley Jay Newton

    Arley Jay Newton died Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Tulsa. Arley was born Feb. 4, 1957, in Tulsa, to parents John Newton and Marianna (Pyatt) Newton....

    July 29, 2014

  • Jo Ann Oberst

    Jo Ann Oberst, 80, of Norman, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Norman. She was born April 13, 1934, in Oklahoma City to Albert Siddens and Mary (Mollman) Siddens Manley. She retired from the University of Oklahoma in 1995....

    July 29, 2014

  • Elizabeth Mary Waters

    Services for Elizabeth Mary Waters, 92, Norman, who died Friday, July 25, of natural causes, will be10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Robinson Street Baptist Church, 801 E. Robinson. Bill Blair will officiate. Viewing will be Monday, July 28, 8 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • James Francis Fynmore

    James Francis Fynmore, III, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 22, 2014....

    July 27, 2014

  • Thomas ‘Tom’ Chambers

    Although Tom was christened Thomas Previglian, he took his step-father’s name of Chambers as it was easier to spell when he entered grade school. Born in Olean, New York, on March 11, 1943, he transitioned into his new life on July 25, ...

    July 27, 2014