Bernice Jean Kearns
March 26, 1937 ‒ January 19, 2018
BUTLER: Bernice Jean Kearns, 80, of Armstrong Road, Butler, died Friday evening January 19, 2018 after a lengthy illness.
She was born March 26, 1937 in North Liberty, Ohio to Harley and Mary (Leedy) Teeter, the fifth of seven children. She was raised on a dairy farm surrounded by a loving family. She was graduated from Butler High School in 1955 and was valedictorian of her class. She was graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 1960 with a B.S. in Nutrition.
Following college, Bernice completed her internship and worked as a licensed dietician for 40 years. Her work included support to patients in nursing homes and regular visits to Mansfield General (now OhioHealth) and other local hospitals.
Bernice married Ron L. Kearns in December 31, 1961; a New Year’s Eve to remember! They returned to the family farm, purchased 40 acres of the farm and made it their unique home. What Bernice truly loved was nature, being a Christian lady, her family and being home. She knew the difference between the call of a tufted titmouse, a chickadee, a Baltimore oriole or just about any Ohio song bird. She knew every wild flower, tree and most of the stars visible above her house by name. She was spiritually connected to her natural world.
A woman of faith, Bernice attended North Bend Church of the Brethren, and loved driving to church, or bible study or getting a ride with the Bailey’s over the country roads to Danville. She regularly read Guideposts, participated in prayer chain and watched Christian based TV.
Bernice is survived by three children and their spouses; Breck Kearns of Waterford, Connecticut, Wynn and Beth Kearns of Lexington, and Dara and Peter Psarouthakis of Chelsea, Michigan; five grandchildren Tanner, Olivia and Mason Kearns and John Gray and Taylor Psarouthakis; three sisters and brothers-in-law; Beverly Althouse of Bucyrus, Mary Lou Conger of Mt. Vernon, Lee and Pat Bailey of Butler, Ohio, and many, many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Ronald L. Kearns in 2003.
Friends may call Thursday January 25, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The memorial service will follow at 4:00 pm. The Rev. Patrick Bailey will officiate. A private interment will be held later in Mansfield Memorial Park, where Bernice asked to be buried by her husband.
Memorial contributions to Kindred Hospice of Knox County may be made at the funeral home.
Condolences to the family of Bernice Kearns may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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