Bernice Hazel Clifford Kauer, 90, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Rigby.
She was born April 12, 1923, in Ririe, the third daughter and youngest child of Elmer Emmett and Essie Eliza Summers Clifford. When she was a few months old, the family moved to Portland, Ore. In 1937, they moved to Rexburg.
She met Ralph W. Kauer, and they enjoyed basketball games, lunches, movies and dancing at the Burton Dance Hall and at Riverside Gardens. They were married Aug. 17, 1942, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.
While Ralph served in the Army during World War II, she lived with her mother and worked at various camps in the United States. After the war, they returned to Burton, where they raised their four children.
Bernice was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings. She most enjoyed serving with Ralph as officiators at the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
For 60 years, she was a member of the Madison County Daughters of Utah Pioneers and served terms as camp captain and county president. She was an original member of the reorganized Jenny Leigh Camp, serving as camp secretary. She enjoyed helping with various historical projects, including marking gravesites of original historical figures of the area. She helped publish a cookbook to fund projects. Bernice served in the extraction program and on a genealogy mission at Ricks College. She and Ralph have written many life histories and published books of family poetry and family members.
She enjoyed family trips and parties and working with Ralph on their farm. Home and family were choice to her. Her greatest accomplishments were being a mother, wife, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by three daughters, Rosa (Richard) Powell of Rigby, Ruby (Roger) Englis of Ammon and Thelma (Dale) Taylor of Idaho Falls; a son, Lynn (Tanya) Kauer of Burton, serving in the Chile Concepcion Mission; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren (three more in the springtime); and four great-great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Berniece (Emmett) Clifford of Danville, Calif., and Erma (Lorin) Kauer of Rexburg; with many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; her parents; two brothers, Emmett and Ralph Clifford; two sisters, Mary Beattie and Opal Clifford; and her son-in-law, Richard C. Powell.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the General Missionary Fund or Perpetual Education Fund of the LDS church.
Many thanks to Aspen Home Health, especially Tiffani and Jen.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Burton LDS church, 3958 W. 2000 South, with Bishop Chris Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday before services at the church. Interment will be in Burton Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent online to www .flammfh.com.