She was born April 25, 1939 in Mason County, a daughter of the late Delmas and Genevieve “Tweet” Powell Kearns.
She was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church in Gibbstown.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Smith in 1986; and a brother, Harry Kearns.
Bernice is survived by a son, Tim (Anna) Smith of Bridgeport; a daughter, Debbie (Don) Hysell of Rutland, Ohio; two brothers, Charlie (Rosa Lee) Kearns, and Gerald (Emma Lee) Kearns, both of New Haven; and four grandchildren, Timmy and Ryan Smith, Don (Joy) Hysell and Lindsay Hysell.
Friends will be received at the Foglesong-Tucker Funeral Home, 2nd and Pomeroy St. in Mason on Saturday, March 5 from 12 noon till time of service at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Zerkle Cemetery in Letart.
Local arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, 920 National Road Brookside.
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