Birmingham - Celebratory service of thanksgiving and remembrance will be held Sunday, April 14, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Anniston for Mary Susan Bernhard, who died in Birmingham on April 5, 2013. The Reverend David Rice will conduct her service. Miss Bernhard was born March 14, 1928 in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Lucy Cryer Bernhard and Drayton Bernhard. She was predeceased by two brothers, Drayton Dewitt Bernhard and John Charles Bernhard. Educated in local schools in Anniston, she earned her BA degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College) in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she served as chapel organist and business manager of the college yearbook, The Helianthus. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Mary was unable to participate in the 1948 Summer Olympics. Many will remember her as their piano or organ teacher and others as their Certified Financial Planner. She also will be remembered by others as very active in local churches, charities and clubs. She served several terms on the Administrative Board of the First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and was Librarian and served as substitute organist. Later, she joined the First Presbyterian Church where she served as Librarian, was elected a Trustee and served on the Endowment Committee. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Anniston-Calhoun County and a member of the Woman's Golf Association of the Thursday Bible Study, fondly named the "Food and Fun Girls", after which she entertained them yearly in the Gazebo at Galleria Woods. Mary was also treasurer for several organizations, Interfaith Ministries, Women's Auxiliary for the Salvation Army, and the Knox Music Club. She also served as a member of the board of the North East Alabama Cerebral Palsy until her move to Birmingham. After her move to Galleria Woods in Birmingham, she joined the General Sumter Chapter of the DAR. At Galleria Woods you could find her at the bridge table with friends or at the Book Club Meeting. She also served as an Ambassador to newcomers at Galleria Woods. She is survived by an adopted granddaughter, Kasey Cuneo Bradford (John) of Atlanta, Georgia; two great-grandson, Mason and Alex Bradford and Arthur Jackson Hanes (Patricia) of Birmingham; and many cousins and friends. Interment will be at Edgemont Cemetery prior to the Memorial Service. Those wishing to remember Mary may give to Community Foundation of Calhoun County or the
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Published in The Anniston Star on Apr. 10, 2013