Bernice M. Jones

Bernice M. Jones

HOLLAND — Bernice M. Jones, age 96, of Holland, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

Bernice was rich in family and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a dedicated homemaker with a gift for simple hospitality, always able to stretch what was on hand to welcome anyone.

She was born in Chicago in 1921 and moved to Escanaba with her parents and brothers in 1928. There they built a small family farm. She married, Arthur, the love of her life, and they began raising their large family in the abundance of nature and outdoors that living in the U.P. provides. Job opportunities eventually led the couple to move their family to Borculo, Mich. in 1960. There she loved the rural life.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Jones in 1990, as well as a daughter, Mary Ellen Miller in 2016 and a son Dennis, of childhood cancer, in 1954.

Bernice is survived by her children, Jim (Sheila) Jones of Foster City, Mich., Ted (Donna) Jones of Hudsonville, Mich., Patrick Jones, Rodney Jones, Audrey (Ed) Hislop all of Holland, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E 16th St., Holland. Funeral services, with Rev. Greg Ten Brink officiating, will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22 also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Helen De Vos Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be left online at ­www.langelandsterenberg.com.