Bernice A. Willeford age 95 of south of Greenville, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Monday at Helia Health Care in Greenville.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2016 at the Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with Darryl Bolen officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Friday at the Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the family.
Bernice Anna Meyer, the daughter of Robert Louis Meyer and Clara Augusta Abendroth, was born on December 23, 1921 on the Meyer Farm near St. Jacob, Illinois. The family moved to south of Old Ripley and Bernice attended the one room school on the Pocahontas Road.
Bernice and Thomas S. Willeford were united in marriage on November 5, 1939 in Union, Missouri. They enjoyed over 57 years together before his death on March 25, 1997. They are survived by their two children: Joyce Ann Eversgerd or rural Pocahontas, LaVerne “Butch” Willeford and his wife Judith of Greenville, sister Delores Iberg of Greenville, 3 grandchildren: Curt Eversgerd and his life partner Stacey Torti of rural Greenville, Mark Willeford of Greenville, Attorney Brock Willeford and his wife Sara of Greenville, 7 grandchildren Zackary, Ashley, Christopher, Michael, Jessica, Karen, Olivia, and one great-great-grandson Mason. Bernice worked for a time at Basler Electric, and raised her family. Bernice and Tom purchased their farm south of Greenville in the late 1960’s and they raised cattle for many years. Bernice enjoyed helping at the V.F.W. and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. auxiliary.
Bernice is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Richard and Roland Meyer, and sisters Fern Zobrist and Laurene Flohaug.