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Norene Loretta Graham

July 9, 1932April 6, 2018
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Norene Loretta Tomlinson Graham, also known as GaGa, 85 years old from Oklahoma City, died April 6, 2018, at Norman Regional Hospital.

She was born July 9, 1932, in Faye, Oklahoma to Cecil Merritt and Lora Lee Tomlinson. She had four siblings, Dora Lee, Glen Albert, Edwin Dale, and George Cecil.

She married James Walton Graham on July 5, 1952. She attended Norman High School. She worked for Southwestern Bell and retired after 25 years as a first line supervisor. She was a member of the Westside Church of Christ in Norman.

Norene battled breast cancer off and on for 10 years and won that battle. Then was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; spouse: Jim; sister: Dora Lee; brothers: Edwin and George; mother-in-law: Dora Graham; brothers and sisters-in-law: Kenny & Dell Graham, Glen & Bonnie Hansen, Pete & Oletha Graham, and Wendell and Lavon Earp.

She is survived by three children: Anthony Steven and Wife, Renee, of Norman, Terri Von and husband, Ron Robertson of Oklahoma City, and Tammy Marie and husband, Bill Federman of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren: Lindsey and spouse, Nathan Holm of Plano, TX, Zachary Graham and spouse, Whitley, Norman, Joshua Robertson, Oklahoma City, Lacee Robertson, Oklahoma City, Samantha Federman, Oklahoma City, Max Federman, Oklahoma City, Jake Robertson, Bear Federman, Oklahoma City; seven great grandchildren: Abby, Riley, Bennett, Cooper, Cole, Lyndlee and Elle; one brother: Glen Tomlinson, Yukon, sister-in-law: Donna Gaglini and husband George of Ventura, CA; many nieces and nephews; and good friend, Cecil Herod, Oklahoma City.

Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday April 8, 2018 at Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. at Primrose Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Warren Cemetery, Norman, OK. Philip Johnson will officiate.

Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Sign the online guestbook at www.primrosefuneralservice.com

  • FAMILY

  • Anthony Steven (Renee) Graham, Son
  • Terri Von (Ron) Robertson, Daughter
  • Tammy Marie (Bill) Federman, Daughter
  • Lindsey (Nathan) Holm, Grandchild
  • Zachary (Whitley) Graham, Grandchild
  • Joshua Robertson, Grandchild
  • Lacee Robertson, Grandchild
  • Samantha Federman, Grandchild
  • Max Federman, Grandchild
  • Jake Robertson, Grandchild
  • Bear Federman, Grandchild
  • Glen Tomlinson, Brother
  • Donna (George) Gaglini, Sister-in-law
  • Cecil Herod, Good Friend
  • Cecil Merritt Tomlinson, Father
  • Lora Lee Tomlinson, Mother
  • Jim Graham, Husband
  • Dora Lee, Sister
  • Edwin and George, Brother
  • Dora Graham, Mother-in-law
  • Kenny and Dell Graham, Brothers and sisters in law
  • Glen and Bonnie Hansen, Brothers and sisters in law
  • Pete and Oletha Graham, Brothers and sisters in law
  • Wendell and Lavon Earp, Brothers and sisters in law
  • Survivors include seven great grandchildren: Abby, Riley, Bennett, Cooper, Cole, Lyndlee and Elle; many nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Zachary Graham
  • Chris Graham
  • Joshua Robertson
  • Jake Robertson
  • Stewart Brown
  • Nathan Holm

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Norene Loretta Graham

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Donna Gaglini

April 9, 2018

Norene married my brother when I was 8 yrs old. She became the lightening force of our whole family. She and my mother became very close friends and she became my sister. Nothing was ever boring from that time forward. Her home was always the destination for out of of town family. Her presence is greatly missed. Soar with the angels, my Norene.

Marilynn Hays

April 9, 2018

I met Norene in1976 on my first day of work. She became one of my best friends. Over the years, we worked together, spent weekends shopping in Dallas, shared some wonderful vacations together, and spent many hours visiting with each other. She was an exceptional person and I admired her in so many ways. My thoughts are with her family, and all who knew and loved her.
Kind Regards, Marilynn

Lora Ann Wilson

April 8, 2018

I was blessed to have such a wonderful special Aunt.
Her Love and kindness I will never forget.
I am lucky to have so many memories of the time I was able to spend with her.
I know Moma and Grandma was waiting for you.
Loved you so much.
Tony, Terri and Tammy
My Love and Prayers to each of you and your families.
Lora Ann

Denise Foley

April 8, 2018

Tony, Terri and Tammy -

I will always remember Aunt Norene as having a great sense of humor! I am thankful that she is in heaven where she can laugh again. I hope my mother was one of the angels to greet her. She loved your mom as well as Debbie, Chris and I. Love to all of you!

Debbie Benn

April 7, 2018

Tony, Terri and Tammy,
I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Norene that it's hard to choose just one. She was definitely one of the most unique, full of life, funny & loving people in our family. I was so blessed to know her and have her in my life. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven and until then I will certainly cherish my precious memories of her. We have your family in our prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Much love,
Debbie & John Benn

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Biography

Norene Loretta Tomlinson Graham, also known as GaGa, 85 years old from Oklahoma City, died April 6, 2018, at Norman Regional Hospital.

She was born July 9, 1932, in Faye, Oklahoma to Cecil Merritt and Lora Lee Tomlinson. She had four siblings, Dora Lee, Glen Albert, Edwin Dale, and George Cecil.

She married James Walton Graham on July 5, 1952. She attended Norman High School. She worked for Southwestern Bell and retired after 25 years as a first line supervisor. She was a member of the Westside Church of Christ in Norman.

Norene battled breast cancer off and on for 10 years and won that battle. Then was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; spouse: Jim; sister: Dora Lee; brothers: Edwin and George; mother-in-law: Dora Graham; brothers and sisters-in-law: Kenny & Dell Graham, Glen & Bonnie Hansen, Pete & Oletha Graham, and Wendell and Lavon Earp.

She is survived by three children: Anthony Steven and Wife, Renee, of Norman, Terri Von and husband, Ron Robertson of Oklahoma City, and Tammy Marie and husband, Bill Federman of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren: Lindsey and spouse, Nathan Holm of Plano, TX, Zachary Graham and spouse, Whitley, Norman, Joshua Robertson, Oklahoma City, Lacee Robertson, Oklahoma City, Samantha Federman, Oklahoma City, Max Federman, Oklahoma City, Jake Robertson, Bear Federman, Oklahoma City; seven great grandchildren: Abby, Riley, Bennett, Cooper, Cole, Lyndlee and Elle; one brother: Glen Tomlinson, Yukon, sister-in-law: Donna Gaglini and husband George of Ventura, CA; many nieces and nephews; and good friend, Cecil Herod, Oklahoma City.

Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday April 8, 2018 at Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. at Primrose Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Warren Cemetery, Norman, OK. Philip Johnson will officiate.

Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Sign the online guestbook at www.primrosefuneralservice.com