CENTERBURG — Bernice Marie Eckard, born May 14, 1916, and passed away peacefully Jan. 3, 2012.
She was a longtime resident of Centerburg and most recently a resident of Centerburg Pointe. She was a graduate of Ashley High School; and former employee of Delaware County Home and partner in the family farm business. She was a member of Centerburg United Methodist Church. Bernice loved cooking, baking, gardening, sewing and caring for others. A friend to all she knew and made you feel special.
Preceded in death by husband, Wilbert; parents, Arthur and Ethel Staley; sister, Joan Smith; and brother, Darrell Staley.
Survived by her children, W. Jane Chesney of Houston, Texas, Wilma Jean (Hubert) Nye of Reynoldsburg, James (Charlene) Eckard of Centerburg, Jerry Eckard of Columbus and Brenda Sue Clark of Centerburg; grandchildren, Mychal (Tina) Ritterhoff, Deborah (Dave) Nye-Ward, Brent Nye, Timothy (Gretchen) Nye, Steven Eckard, Lori (Clifton) McClintic, Randy Eckard, Joseph (Chanie) Hall, Elanda, G.J. and Julie Vom Baur; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma Gardner of Navarre, Fla., and Ruth Wigton of Delaware; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends may call Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, 49 W. Church St., Centerburg. Graveside service and interment will be Monday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. in Eastview Cemetery. Pastor Vicki Kelly officiating.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.