It is with great sadness and deep love that the children of Bernice announce her passing on November 11, 2022, in Rosthern Mennonite Nursing Home, at the age of 95 years. Mom was born on December 4, 1926, in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
She is survived by: daughters, Eva (Margaret) Young, Jocelyn Young, Frances Wilson (David) and Cheryl (Dennis) Webber; sons, Bernard Young and Brian (Bill) Young; grandchildren, Angela (Lance) Saske, Allan (Sisi) Young, Robin (Rose) Young, Ian Young and Trevor (Hannah) Webber; and great grandchildren Jade, Jason, Connor and Elijah.
Mom is predeceased by: husband, George Young; parents, J. Bernard and Isabelle George; and sister, Lindsay Young.
Mom grew up on a farm south of Battleford. After high school she was a bookkeeper for a short time, but then returned to Normal School to become a teacher. Her last teaching post was at Rereshill, south of Lashburn, where she met her husband George. They were married in 1950, and raised 6 children.
Mom’s years on the farm were very busy providing for a growing family. She had a large vegetable and fruit garden as well as a large flower garden. She also raised chickens, and sold eggs, which funded annual camping trips. Her sewing machine was often running as she created clothing for her children, and herself.
She was the constant center of the home, and no one ever went hungry in her presence. Mom was a great recipe collector, and was always willing to try something new. Although Mom cooked many delicious meals, baking was her therapy, and through the years created numerous birthday chiffon cakes, large batches of bread and buns, and dozens of cookies and squares. Mom prepared many sweet treats for the Anglican Church Women’s bazaar, then many more for her annual Christmas treat trays which she delivered to lucky recipients in Lashburn.
Mom was always involved in volunteer work. She travelled many miles to attend meetings and conferences for the Hospital Auxiliary, and the Anglican Church Women, as well as teaching English to a new Immigrant. In 2004, Mom received an award recognizing her volunteer work in the River Junction district.
Mom and her husband George travelled to the UK, the southern states, Alaska and Hawaii. Mom and her sister Lindsay also travelled in the summer with the camper for a few years.
Mom encouraged learning, and all her children had piano lessons, swimming and skating lessons, and were encouraged to pursue post secondary education.
Mom cross country skied for many years. Her daughters have great memories of ski trips to Kananaskis, Lake Louise and Riding Mountain National park.
Annual “Girls” late summer trips were made to the northern part of the province to camp or stay in cabins with her daughters, sister, and grandson Trevor… times we all cherish.
She will be remembered for her positive energy, her sense of humor, and her radiant smile.
A Celebration of Life for Bernice will be conducted from All Saints Anglican Church
Lashburn, Saskatchewan on May 27, 2023 at 2:00 PM.
Donations in memory of Bernice may be made to All Saints Anglican Church - Lashburn or donor's charity of choice.