STEVENSVILLE – Bernice died peacefully on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 23, at The Living Center in Stevensville, Montana, at the age of 96.
Bernice was born Feb. 24, 1921, in Nounan, Idaho, to Joseph Heber and Martha Catherine Crossley. She was the third of nine children and the oldest girl. Her father worked for the railroad, and was sometimes transferred. But they eventually settled down in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.
Bernice graduated from high school there in 1940. In October of that year she married Belden Alexander.
Because of her husband’s health, Bernice worked hard to support her four girls, and in the summers she also took in her youngest sister’s three children. In 1961 Bernice entered into LPN training through Saint Anthony Hospital in Pocatello, Idaho, graduating in 1962. After that she work as an LPN for most of the rest of her life. Bernice was witty, funny, and a pleasure to be around. Outdoor activities she enjoyed were fishing, picking wild berries and hunting mushrooms. She loved crocheting and knitting, and even did some tatting. Everyone in her family has something she made for them.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings, her ex-husband and one daughter, Frances Alexander. She is survived by three daughters, Joy Herrera (Ruben) of West Jordan, Utah; Catherine Campbell (William) of Stevensville; and Ruth Forberg (David) of Glendive. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and their spouses, ten great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Bernice was greatly loved and will be missed.
Cremation has taken place, and a service will be held when the weather is warmer, and the roads are dryer. The service will take place at the Stevensville Seventh-Day Adventist Church at Stevensville, where she was a member. Interment will take place at the Crossley family cemetery at Nounan, Idaho. Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of taking care of the body.
We want to sincerely thank The Living Center for the loving care they gave to her. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.