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Bernice Brown

1919 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Bernice Brown Obituary
In Loving Remembrance of BERNICE BROWN Bernice Mae Schneider Brown, always remembered for her kindness and smile, passed away of natural causes on September 7th, 2014 surrounded by her three children. Bernice was born on February 18, 1919 in Valparaiso, Indiana to Anna and Arthur Schneider. She had a brother, George Kenneth Schneider, and in her youth enjoyed playing the piano, clarinet, and athletics, especially track. She was a proud Hoosier and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Business Education. After graduating she moved to Louisville, Kentucky where she met and fell in love with her husband of 63 years, Thomas Milton Brown. They married on April 5, 1942 and were the perfect complement one to the other. Their first child, Thomas Arthur Brown was born just before Thomas Milton was stationed overseas in North Africa during WW II. In 1946 the young family moved to Burbank, CA where their second and third children, Carolyn Leslie Brown and Steven John Brown were born. The family moved to Riverside in 1962 and joined the Wesley United Methodist Church. Bernice was an active member of the church and made many lifelong friends there. In addition to her volunteer work at the church Bernice was PTA president at Providencia Elementary School in Burbank, CA, volunteered at the Sherman Institute, and was involved in many efforts to preserve and protect local open space areas and county parks. She worked as a clerk in Student Admissions at Riverside City College. Bernice loved the desert and spent many wonderful weekends on camping trips with her family and family friends enjoying the wilderness scenery, stargazing, and spring wildflowers. She enjoyed homemaking, caring for her family, hospitality, and was an excellent seamstress. Bernice made friends easily and kept friendships throughout her life. She enjoyed social gatherings immensely and was always a welcome addition. Bernice is best remembered as always having a kind word to say and for her beautiful, friendly smile. Bernice is survived by her three children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held for Bernice Brown on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 5770 Arlington Ave., Riverside, CA at 10:30 A.M. A lunch will follow at noon in the Fellowship Hall.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 18, 2014
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