VIRGINIA BEACH-Doris Anne Bernsen, 82, died peacefully in her home on Feb. 9, 2013.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Rear Admiral Harold "Hal" Bernsen, USN, retired; son, Rev. Dr. Stephen N. Jolly and his wife Sandra; granddaughter, Jennifer Nordaby and her husband Rich; great-grandson, Richard of Philadelphia, Pa.; sister-in-law, Nancy B. Champion of Raleigh; niece, Rebecca C. Wood and her husband Edward of Raleigh; and nephew, Larry Stephen Champion Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Raleigh.
Born in Shelby, Doris was the daughter of Flay O. and Mary A. Champion. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dr. Larry S. Champion, Professor Emeritus of English at North Carolina State University.
Doris received her B.A. from Meredith College in Raleigh in 1952. She married Hal in 1960. After his retirement from the Navy in 1991, she called Virginia Beach home.
Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Freemason Street Baptist Church, 400 East Freemason Street, Norfolk
Officiated By: The Reverend Dr. Stephen N. Jolly
Funeral Home: Altmeyer Funeral Home in Virginia Beach is serving the family
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Virginia Beach SPCA.
Online Condolences: www.altmeyer.com