|Birth: ||Feb. 10, 1916|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1962|
Bernice Williams was born on 10 February 1916 in Montpelier, Idaho. She was the fourth child of Joseph Thurber Williams and Amanda Marie Green. She had one older brother, David Lindon Williams, and two older sisters, Sarah Williams Wilcox and Vera Alvina Williams Deford. Her mother, Amanda, had three sons (Lawrence, Lathe, and Sylvester Bills) from a previous marriage to Homer Bills. Joseph and Amanda also raised these three boys.
Joseph and Amanda kept a small farm in southwest Montpelier near the railroad tracks. They had a few cows, chickens, pigs, and a large garden and fruit trees. They worked hard and were more or less self sufficient. Bernice learned to keep house and work around the farm. Her mother, Amanda, died of breast cancer when Bernice was sixteen years old. Her father, Joseph, then married Nora Shreve.
Bernice attended the old Washington School in Montpelier. Se later attended nursing training and worked as a nurse after the death of her husband.
One of the stories from Bernice's childhood involved the haunted house where her Grandmother, Sovisa Weaver Williams lived. In the bedroom of the old home in Montpelier, there was a blood stain that could not be removed. As a child, Bernice visited her grandmother. She heard footsteps in the attic and down the attic stairs. When she opened the attic door, no one was there. Her grandmother told her this occurred quite often.
Bernice married Daniel Hunter on 15 October 1935 at the county courthouse in Paris, Idaho. The first lived in Montpelier then moved to Bennington. They had two children, Olive Mae Hunter, born on 3 July 1936, and Marjie Bernice Hunter, born on 13 August 1937. Bernice was an excellent wife and mother who cared well for her husband and children. She was also an accomplished musician, playing both guitar and piano by ear. She played in a musical group for local dances and socials.
She was a faithful member of the church and served in a number of different callings. At the time of her daughter's (Marjie) marriage to JT Eborn, on 15 October 1954, she was sealed to her husband, Daniel (deceased) and their two children.
After the death of her husband in 1954, she worked as a nurse in the hospitals in Montpelier and Soda Springs, Idaho. She also worked as a nurse in the private practice of Doctor Herron in Grace, Idaho. At the time that she was living and working in Grace, she contracted breast cancer. After unsuccessful treatments of surgery and chemotherapy, and several months of suffering, she passed away in the hospital in Soda Springs, Idaho, on 12 February 1962. She was buried next to her husband, Daniel, in the cemetery in Bennington, Idaho.
He daughter Marjie relates that in February 1962, as she was bringing home her new-born daughter, Bernice Eborn, she saw her two boys, Richard and Larry, standing in the doorway of the family home in Montpelier. Her daughter, Terry, was pedaling down the sidewalk on a small bicycle, all excited to see the new baby. The oldest daughter, Dana, was also there. She was so happy to have her five children, yet so sad to have recently lost her mother, Bernice.
Joseph Thurber Williams (1882 - 1948)
Amanda Marie Green Williams (1884 - 1932)
Daniel Mark Hunter (1910 - 1954)
Marjie Bernice Hunter Eborn (1937 - 2012)*
Lawrence Bills (1902 - 1978)**
Sylvester Bills (1906 - 1973)**
David Lyndon Williams (1910 - 1957)*
Sarah Mae Williams Wilcox (1912 - 1988)*
Vera Alvina Williams Deford (1914 - 1963)*
Bernice Williams Hunter (1916 - 1962)
Bear Lake County
Created by: Jon Rice
Record added: May 30, 2008
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