Bernice Donna Harper – born in Biggar May 25, 1947, Daughter of Kay & Malcolm Harper. She was raised in Biggar, attended school through to grade 12 and was a good student but liked to play hooky and go over to the canteen (the old B.A. Station). She was a fun-loving girl through school playing volleyball and curling in high school.
Bernice married Ivan Young on July 27, 1966 after which they moved to Thamesford Ontario, just east of London Ontario. They started their life in an apartment above a restaurant. With in a few months she found a job at London Life Insurance Co. where she worked until her first son Rodger was born in November of 1970. The second boy, Ross came in October of 1972. We stayed there and raise our boys and after the boys were in school, Bernice went back to work until 1981 when we decided to move back to Saskatchewan, where she reunited with her childhood best friend Shirley Redlich. She helped on the farm and drove school bus.
In the fall of 1986, we moved back to Biggar and Bernice started a job at the Diamond Lodge. She worked there a number of years where she earned the name of BURNYCE as she was known for setting stuff on fire.
After the lodge, Bernice looked after the apartments on 8th street, (south side) for several years. She finally quit working outside the home and kept the books for the family business and looked after the house and garden. She loved flowers and grew more every year till she could no longer.
She had many good friends both here and in Ontario and loved the time she spent with them. The last couple years of her life she did not have the freedom and ability to do all she wanted but made the best of it. Bernice will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Bernice leaves to cherish her memory; her husband of 55 years Ivan Young; sons, Rodger (Carla) and their family Kendra, Joelle and Mackenzie; sister Margaret; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
She was predeceased by: parents. Malcolm & Kay Harper.
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