A loving wife to Don, mother to Donni(Steve), Ron (Robyn), and Diane(Andrew), Grandmother to Les, Shane, Dustin, Shawn, and Ryland.
Bernice was proudest of her 13 Greatgrandchildren.She was Aunty Bernice to numerous nieces and nephews. She was best known for her service within the ocmmunity, her time as a
licensed Practical Nurs, as a Hospital Emplyees Union rep,and more recent. as the Matron of the Billy Miner Pub.
Bernice embraced her local pioneer heritage, she was one of the last surviving grandchildren of John A. McIver, the first land owner, and founding father of Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
She had a love of the outdoors, her community, social activism, and especially for her extensive family and friends. An avid world traveller, she would encourage everyone to see British Columbia and Canada first. The family would like to thank the staff of Baily House for their loving care in her final days and over the past three and half years.
The sweet remembrance of the just, shall flourish when they lay in dust.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, December 6th, 2019, 1:00 pm @ Burnett Fellowship
20639 123rd Ave. Maple Ridge, BC
the family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation of Canada
December 2nd, 2019
Aunty Bernice left a pair of shoes no one could possibly hope to fill. She touched so many with her engaging caring soul. Her legacy will live on through her kindness and warmth. Bernie was a strong, bold, grass roots, inspirational, untiring, confident woman. Rest in Peace, Aunty
November 29th, 2019
I worked with Bernice at the Hospital Employees Union on West Broadway and because our office building was too small for the number of staff the Union had hired, Bernice and I shared an office and telephone for a number of months before we relocated to a much bigger office on 12th and Vine. My wife and I visited Bernice at the Billy Miner Pub a number of times over the years and Bernice honored me by attending my retirement from HEU in 2000. Rest in Peace. Keith and Gail Wilson
November 25th, 2019
A nurse with a heart of gold and a no nonsense approach to getting up and out of that sick bed was "Nurse Gehring'. She entered the ward in her white nylons, well pressed uniform and neatly folded cap. Most of all the biggest, warmest smile you could imagine. My vision of a true 'Florence Nightengale". Bernice was a dear friend and an encouraging mentor to me. She saw in me what no other did, she gave me focus and hope for the future. There will always be a special place in my heart for Bernice. She truly loved life, enjoyed chatting with others, adored her family and without a doubt Loved Maple Ridge. Until we meet again my friend. Maureen E. Babiy (Wilkie)
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