Bernice Rosalee Hiebner White passed away on Sunday June 29, 2014 at the age of 88 years. Born in Taylor, Texas as the youngest of four children to Richard Charles Hiebner and Marie Teggemann Hiebner, she graduated from Taylor High School and attended the Brackenridge School of Nursing and the University of Texas. After a short stint working for the Red Cross in Fort Worth where she lived in the Blackstone Hotel for a summer, she moved to Galveston, Texas to pursue post-graduate nursing study in pediatric and psychiatric nursing. It was there she met her husband of 59 years, Dr. John E. White. They were married September 6, 1947. Dr. White's medical career and military service sent the couple to Denver, San Diego, Ranger, Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas and Dallas before they settled in 1957 in El Paso. Dr. White joined the radiology/ pathology medical practice of Mason Hart Boverie Black Clayton Green and White. Bernice settled happily into El Paso giving freely of her time and talents to civic organizations and to her church. She was a devoted mother who worked tirelessly in PTA at Crockett Elementary School, Bassett Junior High School and Austin High School. She served on the board of trustees of the First Presbyterian Pre-School and the YWCA. She was active in the El Paso County Medical Auxiliary and the Auxiliary to the El Paso Symphony. She was an active member of Chapter D of PEO. Throughout her adult life she was interested in finance and investments and was an enthusiastic member of the Sun City Investors investment club for 20 years. She served as an elder and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church where she was a member for over 55 years. In 2012 the church honored Bernice and her late husband John with its Saints of Service Ministry award. Preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John E. White, Bernice is survived by her daughter, Jackie White Means and husband Jon of Van Horn, Texas and her son Leland White and his wife Monica of Dallas. She was blessed with five grandchildren: Mary Kat White Cone and husband Jeffrey of Austin, Mary Elizabeth Means Duplantis and husband Seth of Dallas, Leland John White of Denver, Cole Cowden Means II and his wife Bradley of Fort Worth and Sarah Anne Means of Dallas. She was enormously proud of her five great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Donald Cone III, Charlotte Lee Cone, Margaret Ellen Cone, Beatrice Violet Cone, and the most recent addition June Corrine Duplantis born June 16, 2014. Her family wishes to express immense gratitude to her faithful care-givers Beatrice Licon, Maribel Viramontes, Enevy Licon and Luz Karo. Special thanks go to Dr. Muneer Assi for his compassionate and diligent care through the years. Linda Black of Elder Care Oversight provided friendship and faithful care which blessed Bernice and her family richly. Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison Dr., El Paso, Texas. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to the First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison St., El Paso, TX 79902. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 North Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912. www.MartinFuneralHomeWest.com.
Published in El Paso Times from June 30 to July 7, 2014