Bernice S. Sprague passed away November 12th. She was born March 22, 1922 to John and Malvina Johnson of Caladonia, Minnesota. Her parents travelled west with 5 kids in the Great Depression when Mom was five. Her father was a farmer turned craftsman builder of many fine homes around Everett. She was close with her 3 sisters (Stella, Alice, and Mabel) and beloved brother Jim. She often told of days when all were in the kitchen (because it was warm) and the happy times of closeness, radio, and talk. There were many family gatherings through the years. She married Ben Sprague after World War 2 (he was a pilot instructor and became a crop duster for the Snohomish Valley). They were happily married 64 years and lived near Snohomish. She dreamed of a home in the country and was able to live out her dream. She had multiple gardens, there were animals and horses, and she canned and preserved enough to enjoy for the year. Her kids enjoyed 4-H, fairs, and trail rides into the Cascades. They camped often, skied, square-danced, and in retirement wintered in Arizona for many years. She loved to sew, cook, and read books. Walking was a passion she enjoyed daily. She was the kind of person who people loved. Her attitude was always positive and she was "ready to go enjoy." She will be missed by her sons, Tom Sprague, of Stanwood, and David Sprague (Chris), of Prosser, and her daughter, Bonnie Sprague (Steve Bogert), of Bellingham. Grandchildren, include Whitney Applegate (Jeff), of Prosser, Ben Sprague, of Prosser, Zach Sprague, of Renton, Jon Sprague (Amy), of Grandview, Amy Rosencrans (Travis), of Stanwood, Danell Edwards (Tad), of Snoqualmie, Nick Bogert (Amanda), of Normandy Park, and Jennifer Bogert, of Temecula, CA. Great-grandchildren are Mackenzie, Ethan, Oliver, Natalie, Amber, Parker, Carter, and Robby. She moved to Bellingham after her husband's passing 4 years ago to be close to her daughter Bonnie. We as a family are grateful to the people who cared for and loved her. Thank you to The Willows, Birchwood Adult Family Home, Whatcom Hospice, and the Center for Senior Health (Erin). No service will be held. She will be at rest with our father in Snohomish. The family got together Saturday Nov. 15th already to remember her and will continue to feel her love forever.
Published in Bellingham Herald from Nov. 23 to Dec. 22, 2014