Mavis Madeline Rasnick was born October 1, 1922 in Clinchco, Virginia to Woodford Grady and Susan Violet (Sykes) Rasnick. She was the oldest of six children. She spent her childhood in Virginia until she left for college in Kentucky where she met the love of her life, Alvin F. Durham, Jr. They married May 29, 1942, and were together until his death in February 1998. Their life was full of interesting experiences and challenges making them grow even more together through the years. They were blessed with three children: Deanna (Fred) Dyer, their children, Michael, Rebecca, Matthew and Mark; Alvin III (Sharon) Durham, their children Alvin IV and Kristen, and Mary (Wally) Purdy. They have nine great-grandchildren Kristine (Ben) Risch, Nicholas Dyer, Sullivan Dyer, Brandon Juhl, Brooklyn (Dallas)Wormley, Kienen Dyer, Aidan Dyer, Lucas Dyer and Alvin Durham V and four step-great-grandchildren, Nick Seitz, Sarah Seitz, Erica Seitz and Autumn Seitz. One great-great grandson, Oliver, was born to Kristine and Ben on December 29, 2018.
Mavis was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, caring friend, singer, teacher, seamstress, and a follower of Jesus Christ in all things she did. She was a member of Paradise Valley Christian Church of Casper, WY. She also was a member of Casper Civic Chorale up until her 92nd year. She loved to read and read voraciously. She did all kinds of needlework that she shared with people who needed encouragement. Her smile would light up a room. All who met her were affected by her, including all the doctors, nurses, and staff who met her during her various hospital stays and at her assisted living facility.
She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, Ida Ann, her husband her brother-in-law, Miles Raines and her brother Clifton Rasnick.
She is survived by her brother W.G. (Elizabeth) Rasnick, Willoughby, OH; sister Belva Raines, Chesterfield, OH; brother Earl (Penny) Rasnick, Dickinson, TX; and sister-in-law, Wilma Rasnick, LaPorte, IN. She is also survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild.
Her service will be May 5, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at Paradise Valley Christian Church with Pastor Larry Berlin officiating. Memorials in her name to Casper Civic Chorale or Paradise Valley Christian School would be appreciated.
She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and everyone who knew her. But she is now at home with Jesus and with her beloved “Al”!
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