Our mother, grandmother and friend went to see her Heavenly Father on Father's Day, June 15, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. Mom was a strong believer and lived her life every moment for her Lord and Savior. She supported our family and our community through her loving service.
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Bernice was born on Oct. 6, 1928 in Chicago, Ill. She lived for a short time in Indiana and Michigan, working in the celery fields, and moved to Montana when she married her sweetheart, Bud, on Jan. 10, 1952, living on a farm near Bozeman for the next 60 years. They were blessed with six children. She was a supportive wife, making delicious meals, baling hay (her favorite job), moving sprinklers, and gathering, candling and grading eggs. She helped butcher chickens, and did whatever needed to be done on the farm. She always had a large garden, but still had time for community service, hiking or cross-country skiing weekly with her friends, and for hand crafts. She loved the outdoors.
Community service included the Love, INC Clothes Closet and Linen Ministry. She was active in church ministry work which included being a library volunteer, attending Ladies Aid, Bible Studies, and being a prayer warrior until recently. She loved coffee with her family and friends. Her family, church family and friends were the recipients of many of her practical jokes, including "box" cakes, "Rocky Road" cakes, "balloon" cakes, and her people creations! More than one vacationing pastor came home to special welcoming touches from her! She had a very quiet, dry sense of humor. For her 85th birthday, she was the recipient of a special Charmin "Angel Food" cake which she enjoyed immensely!
She lit up the room with her smile, and loved time with those she loved, who was almost anyone she met. She was gifted with accepting people as they are, inviting many people for meals or coffee in their home. This gift was given to others up until the end.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, in 2008, sons, Stan in 2006 and Dennis in 2007, her parents, six brothers, and two sisters. She is survived by her children, Martin (Laura), Gladys (Sid) Vis, Ed (Shirley), and Danny (Diane); 13 grandchildren; and 19.6 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Jean (Bern) VanderVeen and Etta de Groot; brothers, Ray (Ann) Hoven and Bob Hoven; sister-in-law, Donna Hoven; and many in-laws and friends.
Visitation with the family present will be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Dokken Nelson Funeral Service. A graveside service will be at Churchill Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, followed by a celebration of her life at 2:30 p.m. at the Bozeman Christian Reformed Church, 324 North 5th Ave., in Bozeman.
Memorials may be made to Bozeman Christian Reformed Church, designated for Sosthene and Kara Maletangou, serving with World Missions through World Renew.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 18, 2014