Bernice Louise Hinman, known as Bernie to everyone, was born in Binghamton, N.Y., to Arthur and Jennie Moses. She passed away on July 7, 2014, at Emeritus. After graduating high school Bernie attended Rigleys Secretarial School and worked in that field for several years. Bernie's high-spirited personality, fierce independence and love of the outdoors led she, and her husband, Roy Hinman, to open their Oklahoma ranch home to children of all walks of life with hay rides, horseback lessons, day camps, trail rides, overnight camping and campfire cookouts. She was an avid horsewoman and taught riding lessons to many people but gravitated to teaching the young and openly supported any activities pertaining to 4H or Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts. She also supported children at Hissom, a school for the mentally handicapped, helping them to enjoy riding a horse long before the public decided it was therapeutic in helping these children. Hobby Horse Ranch was the love of her life and she was determined that those who enjoyed the outdoors and horses should be able to enjoy her ranch and all it had to offer. Bernie also was very active in the church all her life. She will be lovingly remembered by her large extended family and the many friends she made throughout the country, including those she made here in St. Augustine the past 14 years.
Bernie is survived by her son, Dr. Roy H. Hinman II, of St. Augustine; two daughters, Constance Aston of St. Augustine, Teri Sue Hinman of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three sisters, Gladys Elizabeth Moses Pleus of Conklin, N.Y., Jennie Viola Moses Leonard of Binghamton, N.Y., Marjorie Jean Moses Chandler of Grove City, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Dianna Hinman; 19 grandchildren, including Cynthia Aston; John, Jim, Chad and Amber Lind; Athena, Gunner, Saxann, Venus and Dirk Hinman; Rachel Whitten, Ruth Wilson, Mary Edwards, and Deborah Woods; Jackie Jo Rieff, Tammi Brooks and Sheri Lynn Anderson; 25 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Sgt. Floyd Frederick "Sandy" Gifford and her second husband, Roy Herman Hinman, daughter, Jacquelin Louise Gifford Arnett, son, Robert Henry Hinman, brother, Frederick Waring Moses, sister, Lillie Arline Moses Thurston and grandsons, David and Mark Aston.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Craig Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Adams Acres Compound, 1800 Adams Acres Road St. Augustine, FL 32084 with Pastor Garry Martin of Heritage Baptist Church, officiating.
Funeral services will be handled by Barber Memorial Home in Johnson City, N.Y. and will be held at Conklin Methodist Church on Monday, July 13, 2014, with Minister Bill Puckey, officiating.
Donations may be made in Mrs. Hinman's name to one of her favorite charities which included, The Humane Society, The Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts of America and the Wounded Warriors. Flowers are also graciously accepted.
Craig Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Craig Funeral Home Memorial Park
1475 Old Dixie Highway St. Augustine, FL 32086
Published in St. Augustine Record from July 9 to July 10, 2014