Bernice Joyce Cecila Audrey DeWan, 86, of Kirkwood, passed away on March 8, 2014 after a long struggle with dementia. She breathed her last surrounded by her loving children and being embraced by her devoted husband. In her last lucid moments she was able to hear us and smile as we whispered in her ear, we love you. She had many friends through activities in her church's Rosary Altar Society and as a Literacy volunteer where she made lifelong friends from cultures from all over the world. In her working days she was a legal secretary in a local law firm for many years, and later as an executive secretary in the fledging Airborne Computer Lab of IBM in Vestal. If she wasn't busy cooking for her family and keeping things in order around the house you could find her curled up on the couch reading her beloved Dick Francis novels. She was so proud of her heritage, growing up in a musical family with eight brothers and sisters, mother and father whom she loved dearly. But most of all she was known for her sense of humor and people loved her wherever she went. And she was smiling as she departed this world. She is predeceased by her parents Andrew and Dominica "Minnie" Audrey; siblings Kay Owen, Leora Ford, Gregor Audrey, Jimmy Audrey, Pamela Audrey, Arthur Audrey; her lifelong friend Faye O'Neil and her husband Ed O'Neil. She is survived by her loving husband James E. DeWan; her sons Patrick DeWan, Tony DeWan (Jean); her daughters Mary DeWan, Anne DeWan (Brendan Dolan); her grandchildren Robert Frisbie (Emmy Lou Stoudt) and Kelsey DeWan; great grandchildren Noel and Alex Frisbie; her younger brother and sister Gary Audrey (Ann) and Harriet Audrey of Grants Pass, OR; several nieces, nephews and many loving friends. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4 until 7 pm at the THOMAS J. SHEA FUNERAL HOME, INC. 137 Robinson Street, Binghamton. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10am on THURSDAY at St. Mary's Church in Kirkwood. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Mar. 10 to Mar. 12, 2014
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