CANASTOTA >> Bernice H. Stokes, 84, North Main Street, died Wednesday evening, March 6, 2013, at Crouse Hospital.
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Born July 16, 1928, in Fulton, she was a daughter of Thomas and Bernice Rickert Nichols. A resident of the area since 1950, Bernice was a graduate of Fulton High School and Hope College, Holland, Mich. She married Robert C. Stokes on June 20, 1950 in Fulton.
Prior to retirement in 1987, Bernice was employed with the Canastota Schools as a fourth grade teacher for over 25 years. She was a member of the Oneida Lake Congregational Church, Willing Workers of the Church, and its choir director; and at one time, was an active member of the Whitelaw Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Stokes enjoyed gardening, music, sewing, history, genealogy and especially her family. She was also a recipient of the Roses for The Living Award from The Canastota Rotary Club. Bernice also authored books about the Churches of Madison County and the Oneida Lake Congregational Church. Surviving are her husband, Robert, of Canastota; two sons, Steven R. and Julie Stokes of Canastota and James T. and Trish Stokes of Morrisville; two daughters, Marianne and Ed Kincaid of Morrisville and Colleen S. and Peter Hilts of Chittenango; eight grandchildren, Kate (Keith) Bryant, Robert (Gina) Stokes, Ellen (Nick) Lefort, Megan (Will Merithew) Stokes, Jessie Stokes, Thomas Stokes, Robert "Chip" Stokes and Ashley Kincaid; five great-grandchildren; several sisters and brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister and brother.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Oneida Lake Congregational Church, with the Rev. Clinton Carter, officiating. Interment will be made in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call at the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home Inc., 300 S. Peterboro St., Canastota 3-7 p.m., Monday. Contributions may be made to the Oneida Lake Congregational Church, 2508 Route 31, Canastota, 13032. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.campbell-dean.com.
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Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Mar. 10, 2013