Bernice D. Boykin
1931 - 2020
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Bernice D. Boykin, also known as "Bunnie" to her church friends, and Ms. B to others, was born Oct. 16, 1931, to Mansfield J. Boykin Sr. and Lena Bernice Boykin in Hampton, Virginia, and went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Oct. 15, 2020.
Bernice graduated from Howard University and the University of Michigan. Her education and training prepared her for many years of work in public health. She proudly served in the United States Air Force in the early 1960s and served in the United States and Germany. While stationed at Elmendorf Airforce Base, Bernice discovered Alaska. In the early 1980s she decided to make Fairbanks her home. Her dear friends and community were a source of great joy and gratefulness. In her later years she worked as a substitute teacher and worked at Sam's Club.
Bernice loved the Lord and shared that love and passion with everyone she came in contact with. She attended First Presbyterian Church, went to Bible Study Fellowship for many years, and had several prayer groups. She volunteered at her church, was on the board of Fairbanks Community Food Bank, she volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters and was always one of the biggest collectors of pledges for Bowl for Kids sake, year after year.
Bernice is preceded in death by her parents, Mansfield James Boykin Sr. and Lena Bernice Boykin, and brother, Mansfield James Boykin Jr.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at First Presbyterian Church, 547 Seventh Ave., Fairbanks, AK, 99701. Masks and social distancing will be required. If you plan to attend the service please call the church office ahead at 907-452-2406 to register. When the maximum capacity is reached, the doors will be closed. However, services will also be available live on line at Search "First Presbyterian Church of Fairbanks" and select "First Presbyterian Church of Fairbanks-Home/facebook."
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters or Food Bank of Alaska.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 17, 2020.
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October 17, 2020
Ms. Boykin was an amazing woman I met her when. I was attending uaf...always had a smile and we talked about her driving she seemed to have the cars in the repair shop often. She always said hey you need to go to church life would be better you know. She helped me thru some of the roughest times. Always willing to share a hug. Ms. B as my eyes water I always would end are calls with I love ya she would say I love you To. I love ya. Will meet again hugs to family and friends . You will be greatly missed
Donell Cole
October 17, 2020
What a testimony this lady was! Did not know her well but there was a depth to the relationship! Bunnie you will be missed...thankful you are in the arms of our Lord!
Suzanne & John Moody
October 17, 2020
RIP Bernice, prayers from a native of Hampton and one who misses Alaska.
Gary Farnsworth
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