Mother Thurmond- Matron Saint of Durant

By Mary E. Maurer - Special to the Democrat

Nannie Thurmond is buried at Highland Cemetery in Durant.

Photo by Matt Swearengin | Durant Democrat

One can only imagine the sharp contrast between the early life of Nannie Thurmond as the wife of Harrison Thurmond, one of the best known “sporting men” of the Southwest and her later life as “Mother Thurmond” devoted charity matron and “Durant’s most loveable character” from the twenties until her death in 1949. She was
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