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December 11, 2013

Bernice (Bryson) Davis

NORMAN — Services for Bernice (Bryson) Davis, 82, will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Havenbrook Funeral Home chapel, 3401 Havenbrook Street in Norman, with interment following at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman.

A visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Bernice, our dear, precious mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and cherished friend to so many, left her frail body to dwell in the presence of Jesus Christ on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. She died peacefully at home with family at her bedside.

Bernice was born Sept. 18, 1931, at home in Oney to William Newton Bryson and Beulah Wynn (McKee) Bryson, one of seven children. She grew up in Oney, graduating valedictorian in 1948 from Oney High School. Standing a graceful 5 feet 8 inches tall, she was a star basketball player. She always looked forward with great anticipation to her high school class reunions. She attended her last one in April 2012.

Bernice was blessed with so many talents. She was promoted to executive secretary to Postmaster Myrtle Autry in Norman, where she worked for many years. She then worked for the Aeromedical Certification Division of FAA in Oklahoma City, where she worked until such time as she became a full-time homemaker.

Bernice was an extraordinary talented seamstress. She loved sewing for her daughters, often staying up all night to lovingly finish a new dress for them to wear to school the next day. One Christmas, she made red and white candy-striped nightgowns and pajamas with matching night caps for all her little nieces and nephews. Doing for others brought her such joy.

She loved gardening and cooking, winning many blue ribbons from her entries in Cleveland County fairs. Bernice was a true believer in the old adage “A penny earned is a penny saved.” She was charmingly frugal, shopping in thrift stores for bargains and clipping daily grocery coupons — hardly the shopping practices of the wife of an M.D. She was so precious, never wanting to waste anything. She was charitable to a fault, donating yearly to many organizations such as the VFW, Wildlife Federation, American Cancer Society and Alzheimer Association, to name a few.

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